The High Court has thrown out an appeal to stop internet piracy.

The High Court has thrown out an appeal by some of the world’s biggest media companies seeking to stop internet piracy by making Internet Service Providers responsible for policing unauthorised downloads.

A group of 34 international and Australian companies, which included Warner Bros, Disney and the Seven Network, had alleged that iiNet were authorising the infringement of their copyright each time its customers downloaded movies and television programs.