Advertising firm Billboard has agreed to pay a $2.5 million settlement to a local billboard advertising agency that was sued for copyright infringement.
Billboard has been accused of paying a $10,000 copyright infringement fee to its Australian subsidiary Billboard Communications, which also runs ads on billboards.
The billboard company paid the $2,000 fee to Billboard Australia in 2016.
Billboard’s lawyer, John Seddon, told the ABC the settlement covered the advertising agency’s advertising rights and was an attempt to help Billboard “defend its right to free speech and the right of freedom of expression”.
The advertising agency, which did not have to pay Billboard, was a subcontractor hired by Billboard in December 2016.
Mr Seddo said he could not comment further on the case as it was before the court.
The Billboard Advertising Group, which represents billboards in the Pacific Islands, has also agreed to refund $500.
The agreement was made after Billboard sued the group for $20,000 over copyright infringements.
The Billboard settlement covers both the advertising rights for the company and its subcontractor, Billboard International Australia.
Mr Vickers, who represents the billboard company, said he would not be able to comment further.
The group’s lawyers are also preparing to file an appeal to the High Court.
Billboards advertising firm Billboards Communications has not yet responded to a request for comment.
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The advertising group paid Billboards Australia $2 per advertising share.
The Australian branch of the company was also ordered to pay up to $1 million in compensation.
According to a statement from Billboard Malaysia, the two parties reached a settlement agreement in March 2018 after a three-year legal battle.
The statement said Billboards Malaysia and Billboards Australian had agreed to “agreed to settle all claims, including the alleged copyright infringement” arising from advertising campaigns by the two companies.
“The parties have agreed to take corrective measures to address and avoid the same in the future,” it said.
Last month, the Australian Copyright Council (ACCC) ruled that Billboard breached copyright law when it paid a $20-per-share fee to the Australian subsidiary of the Australian firm in 2015.
The company’s lawyer argued that the fee was not justified because Billboard had not been given any notice of the infringement.