Here Are All The Websites Foxtel Wants To Block In Australia

Court documents have revealed the sites and services that Foxtel and Village Roadshow are seeking to block in Australia under tough new anti-piracy laws. The extensive hit list includes multiple file-sharing sites and video streaming service Solar Movie. Here are all the sites that have been marked for death.

It’s no secret that rights holders for movies and TV shows aren’t big fans of torrent sites. If these companies had their way, many of the file-sharing platforms Australians use on a daily basis would be blocked under anti-piracy legislation.

This is precisely what Village Roadshow and Foxtel are attempting to do right now as evidenced by two legal actions filed in the Federal Court last week. Foxtel’s application goes after several torrent sites including The Pirate Bay, Torrentz and IsoHunt while Village Roadshow is targeting the streaming site SolarMovie.

As reported by Computerworld, the documents provide insights into who rights holders are going after and how they expect these sites to be blocked. (In short, Australian ISPs will be compelled to restrict customer access via DNS blocking, IP address blocking and potential URL blocking.)

If Village Roadshow and Foxtel get their way, users who attempt to access these sites will receive a message informing them that the content has been blocked by an order of the Federal Court. Hearings for both applications will be held next month. In the meantime, here are the URLs that are currently in Foxtel’s firing line:

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As we’ve said in the past, favouring the stick over the carrot when it comes to piracy prevention is hugely counterproductive and only serves to paint rights holders in a bad light.

Instead of punishing illegal downloaders and restricting the online freedoms of everyday Australians, these companies should be fixing the issues that drove people to piracy in the first place. The old distribution model is clearly broken — it’s time to make changes from within.

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[Via Computerworld]

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