Australian ISPs ordered to block piracy websites

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

20 December 2016

Last week, in a landmark case, the Australian Federal Court in Sydney ruled that internet service providers should “take reasonable steps” to block piracy websites including Solar Movie, Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound and IsoHunt.

Earlier this year, Foxtel and Roadshow applied for an injunction to force ISPs to block sites whose “primary purpose” was to support copyright infringement and the piracy of TV shows.

Justice Nicholas ruled in favour of Foxtel and Roadshow, and stated that ISPs could use various technical steps in order to block access to the sites, including DNS blocks, IP blocking, URL blocking or any other technical means agreed in writing.

While this news is unlikely to be welcomed by users, many have also claimed it to be ineffective, as similar laws in other countries have merely forced new websites to spring up on a regular basis.

Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh, though, welcomed the decision, stating:

“This judgement gives us another tool to fight the international criminals who seek to profit from the hard work of actors, writers, directors and other creators the world over.”

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