In December 2016, the Federal Court ordered Australian ISPs to block five torrent sites, including Pirate Bay, in a copyright case brought on by Village Roadshow. The ruling allowed the local film distributor to seek to add more websites to the block list. Village Roadshow is doing just that.
According to CNET, Village Roadshow is going full steam ahead with its multifaceted plan to curb piracy. Not only has it announced plans to pursue individual copy right infringers again (which may be challenging given last year's Dallas Buyers Club ruling) but it will be seeking to have the Federal Court add 40 more websites to the ISP block list this year. Those websites are likely to be torrent sites.
CNET points out that since a lot of the legal questions have already been addressed during last year's court case, it may be a quicker process for Village Roadshow to get new websites on the ISP block list.
Unfortunately for Village Roadshow, it's laughably easily to bypass the ISP-level blocks and access those websites. It's also legal to do so.
At the end of last year, the Federal Court ordered ISPs to block five popular torrent websites including The Pirate Bay, TorrentHound and IsoHunt within 15 business days. Foxtel and Village Roadshow initiated the court case in a bid to curb piracy.
Torrenting itself is completely legal and it's not all that difficult to circumvent ISP blocking of torrent websites. For instance, you can do it through a VPN, which often requires a monthly subscription fee. Here are some ways to gain access to blocked torrent sites for free.