Pirates Beware!

by Nick Tebbey - Sneddon Hall & Gallop

The Music Industry Piracy Investigations organisation (MIPI) is an organisation that provides investigative and intellectual property rights enforcement services to the Australian music industry.  MIPI acts on behalf of 125 record companies in Australia, through their association, ARIA, and over 2,000 songwriters and music publishers, through their association, AMCOS.  It conducts investigative, educational and enforcement measures and activities around Australia.

Snedden Hall & Gallop has recently assisted a client who had received a formal warning from MIPI in relation to music downloads.  While a popular pastime, particularly among Australian teens and young adults, the downloading of music through illegal means is going to receive increased scrutiny over the coming year and it is important that this practice be avoided in order to prevent the possibility of criminal or civil penalties being awarded against you.

If you have any queries about the ins and outs of music downloading, and the legal methods for doing so, please do not hesitate to contact our Intellectual Property team on (02) 6285 8000.

Nick Tebbey, Senior Associate
(02) 6285 8000


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