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Optus v NRL: A Seismic Shift for Time Shifting in Australia
European Intellectual Property Review (2012)
  • Rebecca Giblin, Monash University

In Optus v NRL, Australia’s Federal Court recently held that consumers had broad rights to “time shift” television programs, including via the use of remote recording and storage devices. The applicants were the AFL and the NRL, sporting organisations which had big plans for the monetisation of internet streaming rights, and Telstra, which had already paid some $153m for rights to several seasons of AFL games. This paper provides a detailed overview of the decision and the relevant law, and considers its likely significance for stakeholders including broadcasters, sports operators and other content owners, streaming providers and consumers.

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This paper has been published in (2012) 34 EIPR May 2012.
Citation Information
Rebecca Giblin. "Optus v NRL: A Seismic Shift for Time Shifting in Australia" European Intellectual Property Review Vol. 34 Iss. May (2012)
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