New Aussie Blocking Applications Targets 79 ‘Pirate’ Sites Plus 4 Stream-Ripping Platforms #Stream_RippingJanuary 12, 2019
A second, filed by music companies, targets four so-called “stream-ripping” platforms.
Section 115a of Australia’s Copyright Act allows copyright holders to apply for injunctions to force ISPs to prevent subscribers from accessing ‘pirate’ sites.
After targeting KickassTorrents and various mirrors and proxies for blocking back in 2016, Australian music companies have also filed a new injunction application with the Federal Court.
Music Rights Australia, backed by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), Sony Music, Universal Music, and Warner Music, are requesting a block of several stream-ripping services.
“These no fault injunctions are used to block the worst of the illegal sites which undermine the local and international music industry,” a spokesperson from Music Rights Australia told Computerworld .
In July 2018, following legal action carried out by Rights Alliance on behalf of music industry group IFPI, Convert2MP3 was declared unlawful by a Danish court, with local ISPs ordered to block the platform.
While this was the first time anywhere in the world that a so-called stream-ripping site had been declared illegal, the music industry has successfully targeted similar platforms in the past.
The list of domains in the Australian movie studio application, via CW, is as follows:
The list of domains in the Australian music companies’ application, via CW, is detailed below.
It dovetails perfectly with platforms already subject to legal action or blocking in other regions, as detailed in the above article.