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VIDEO: 4 WEEKS TO GO until 30iGala as Michael Malone talks Net history highs and lows with Peter Coroneos

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Yesterday, Peter Coroneos sat down with Michael Malone in Centennial Park Sydney, to reminisce over some of the highs and lows of the last 30 years, as we wind down the final weeks until the 30th Anniversary of the Internet in Australia Celebrations.

Peter noted that Michael, who will speak at the event, is "an iconic figure within Australian internet history for two reasons at least.

"The first is that he built iiNet from a tiny startup run from his mother’s garage in 1993 in suburban Perth to become Australia second largest ISP. The company was eventually acquired by TPG for $1.56 billion in 2015.

"The second notable thing about iiNet was that it made legal history when it was sued by a coalition of 34 entities, mostly Hollywood studios, at the apparent instance of the powerful Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in 2008 in a case that went all the way to the High Court."

"The studios argued that iiNet had breached Australian copyright law by authorising the infringing acts of its users who were allegedly engaged in illegal file sharing activities. In the end iiNet prevailed but the case ran on for several years and became something of a political hot potato.

"As a result of the decision the government sought to put pressure on ISPs to negotiate a notice and takedown regime for the alleged acts of infringement by internet users. Details of the case can be found here", Peter concluded. 

Here is Michael Malone and Peter Coroneos in discussion - a wrap of all the previous articles and videos is below, please read on!

The original article announcing the 30iGala event is here: "INVITATION: Celebrate 30 years of the Internet in Australia with a special Gala Dinner on October 31 in Sydney". 

The following article was published earlier this week: "30iGala: Alastair MacGibbon to speak at Internet Gala Event, plus how to win a free ticket". 

This was then followed up with "6 WEEKS until 30iGala: Peter Coroneos and Peter Price AM talk icode, the White House and Internet history". 

After this came "30iGala - Remembering Internet history: Peter Coroneos video interviews Alex Zaharov-Reutt".

And this was followed up by: "5 WEEKS TO GO - 30iGala Net History: The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG and the 'Four Parables of Regulating the Net'".

After this came "Five weeks to go: Alastair MacGibbon shares insights into the big lessons learned in 20+ years of cyber security leadership".

Now we have the article and video above, with Michael Malone.

To learn more and attend the 30iGala event yourself, the event website is here - I hope you can make it on the night, and help make history celebrating a great milestone in Australia's online history.

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