Will Site Blocking Stop Internet Pirates in Australia? (CIO)


In an Australian first, the Federal Court has granted injunctions that will see the country’s major internet service providers compelled to block several websites used to illegally stream films and television programmes.

The Federal Court of Australia handed down its judgement on 15 December, ordering local ISPs Telstra, Pacnet, TPG Internet, and iiNet, to block five torrent sites, The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt, and SolarMovie, and their 61 associated domains.

The judgement relates to two applications, one by Foxtel to TPG Internet and iiNet, the other by Village Roadshow to Telstra and Pacnet, for injunctions that would compel the ISPs to block the websites.