Telstra and AFL protect online rights
February 6, 2009
The Australian Federal Court has made final orders in a case brought by Telstra to enforce Telstra’s exclusive right to broadcast AFL (Australian Football League) content on mobile phones and over the internet.
Telstra and the AFL had brought the case against News Limited, whose newspaper subsidiaries unlawfully posted hyperlinks to AFL video files on YouTube, undermining the exclusive rights granted by the AFL to Telstra and jeopardising revenue that the AFL uses to fund development of the game. Following an agreement by the parties to settle the case, the Federal Court declared News’ conduct to be infringing and accepted an undertaking by News not to provide hyperlinks to infringing AFL footage on YouTube or other similar websites.