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Nine vs IceTV appeal hearing date set

January 11th, 2008

The full Federal court will hear an appeal by Channel Nine against the finding in favour of IceTV. See this entry for details of the case. Judges Black, Lindgren and Sackville will hear the case. The hearing will be held over two days at the court in Queens Square, Sydney on the 25th and 26th of February.

While the outcome will be quite interesting in terms of copyright law as it applies to television schedules, it will have a particularly significant impact on IceTV as it is likely to dictate whether Nine will have to pay IceTV’s costs of defending the matter.

Furthermore, according to a quote by IceTV’s Chairman Colin O’Brien in “Smartoffice” magazine, IceTV intends to sue Nine for millions of dollars if Nine loses the appeal.