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Hollywood Studios Lose Appeal on Australian Piracy Lawsuit

Walt Disney Co. and Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures are among Hollywood’s biggest movie studios that lost a piracy lawsuit in Australia as an appeals court upheld a ruling that a local internet provider wasn’t responsible for customers illegally downloading films.

The Federal Court of Australia Full Court, in a two-one decision, today upheld Judge Dennis Cowdroy’s Feb. 4, 2010, verdict that vindicated iiNet Ltd. The studios can appeal the ruling to the country’s High Court and a notice must be filed within 28 days, unless an extension is sought.