Last month, it was reported that Village Roadshow, the company that spearheaded the court case that forced Australian ISPs to block a handful of torrent websites, was on the warpath again. It wanted to block an additional 40 sites. That number has since swelled to 74. Here's what you need to know.
In December last year, Village Roadshow, representing a bunch of Hollywood copyright holders, won a case against Australian ISPs that would see the latter group block its subscribers from accessing five torrent websites (61 domains in total) that have been known to be associated with pirated movies and TV shows.
The Federal Court ruling allowed Village Roadshow to request for more websites to be blocked. It was previously reported that the company wanted to block an additional 40 torrent sites but it seems that number has jumped to around 74.
On February 24, Village Roadshow lodged a new case with the Federal Court. According to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald, the case is an application to expand the number of blocked websites by 74:
The list of 74 new sites includes KissCartoon, WatchFree, PrimeWire, Phimmoi, 123Movies, FMovies, EYNY and Spacemov. The web addresses indicate they are registered in places such as Antigua and Barbuda, Estonia, Sweden, Tonga, and the Cocos Keeling Islands.
It should be noted that one website could have multiple domains names. For example, in the court ruling last year, 27 The Pirate Bay domain names/URLs were blocked.
We're looking to obtain a full list of the new websites that Village Roadshow wants to block. Stay tuned. A Federal Court hearing on the matter has been scheduled for March 23.
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.