Australia’s biggest telcos ordered into block international pirate websites By Federal CourtAustralian Broadcasting Corporation #Federal_Court

Australia’s biggest telcos ordered into block international pirate websites By Federal CourtAustralian Broadcasting Corporation #Federal_Court

November 14, 2019 0 By NewsTakers

Updated
August 18, 2017 14:26:18
Australia’s biggest telcos have been ordered to block access to 57 international websites that allow users to download pirated TV shows and movies.
It ordered Telstra, Optus, Vocus and TPG to take “reasonable steps”, within 15 days, to stop their customers accessing the websites, which include piratebay.to, watchfree.to, torrentproject.se, Yes Movies, Vumoo and Los Movies.
The decision was welcomed by industry body Creative Content Australia, which has launched a campaign to highlight the devastating financial impact of pirating on the film and television industry.
“Piracy is not a victimless crime: the victims are the creative industries who lose jobs, who lose revenue and who lose potential jobs in the films that simply aren’t made because the risks of recouping the revenue are too high.”
Ms Flekser said as a result, investors were more reluctant to invest in film and television content, which reduces the amount of content made, and ultimately results in less choice for consumers.
The court found carriage service providers must take reasonable steps to disable access to online locations outside Australia that infringe or facilitate the infringement of copyright.
The court ordered the applicants establish and maintain a website that informed users that the blocked website they were attempting to access has been disabled because it infringed or facilitated the infringement of copyright.
Creative Content Australia said since the first site-blocking orders were made by the Federal Court in December 2016, more than 65 sites and more than 340 domains had been blocked.
“Pirate sites have become some of the most dangerous places online,” she said.

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