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The ruling will allow Optus customers to continue to record shows for its TV Now service while still upholding the proceedings of the Copyright Act which was amended in 2006 to take into consideration the changing technological landscape that has evolved in modern day society.
Clare Gill, General Manager Corporate and Government Affairs for Optus is pleased with the result of the court proceedings and is excited about the opportunities that this will provide Optus customers. 'Optus is committed to delivering choice and convenience to Australians and the result of the TV Now court proceedings is a major win for consumers, innovation and the law'.
Ms Gill has maintained that the focus of Optus will be consistent in striving to get the best results for its customers, saying 'convergence is upon us and we need to ensure that Australians have the choice, convenience and flexibility to access content when and where they want'.
The Chief Executive Officer of Optus, Paul O'Sullivan has seconded this notion and has the backed the idea of Optus moving with the times and maintaining its stance in the industry, 'This decision is reflective of what has already happened in other parts of the world and Australians can now continue to enjoy the convenience that rapidly changing technologies are affording them.'. The CEO has also reiterated that Optus has upheld the integrity of the law without compromising the rights of its customers by making an important clarification of 'this product is not a live streaming service; it is a solution that allows you to record, store and play back free to air television at a time more convenient to users.'