Federal Circuit Court signals businesses ignore copyright at their own peril
Last week the Federal Circuit Court issued a default judgment against the Respondents in AUSTRALASIAN PERFORMING RIGHT ASSOCIATION LIMITED v ILLUSION BAR & NIGHTCLUB PTY LTD & ANOR FCCA 883.
The sole director of Illusion Bar & Nightclub Pty Ltd, Mr Peter Arhontogiorgis, was ordered to pay APRA|AMCOS $114,113.28 in licence fees, interest, court costs and additional damages for infringement of copyright after he had ignored all attempts by APRA to enter into a licensing arrangement and continued to do so even after proceedings has been issued against him.
In making the orders,Judge Dowdy noted: “In my view the present case constitutes a serious breach of copyright by the Respondents. As stated at  above, they have both ignored the very reasonable overtures from the Applicant and entirely disregarded the present proceeding.”
The judgment is accessible here.