Foxtel Just Blocked 28 More 'Pirate' Sites In Australia [Updated]

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Foxtel has successfully applied to have 28 additional torrent and streaming sites blocked in Australia at Federal Court today. This time, sites on the hit-list include 123Hulu, Sockshare and WatchFreeMovies. Here's what you need to know.

The hits against Aussie pirates just keep coming. Today, Foxtel added more websites to its block list for “unashamedly and flagrantly” infringing copyright. You can read the preceding Judge's ruling here.

The list of newly blocked sites includes the following:

  • 123Hulu
  • 1Movies>
  • 5Movies
  • HDEuropix
  • HDO
  • NewEpisodes
  • SeriesTop
  • Sockshare
  • WatchFreeMovies
  • Watch32
  • ETTV
  • MagnetDL
  • Torrent Download
  • Torrent Room
  • Torrents.me

Australia's internet service providers will now be forced by the government to restrict access to the aforementioned sites. Well that's the idea in theory, anyway.

As we have mentioned on numerous occasions, the blocking mechanisms employed by Aussie telcos are farcically easy to bypass. It's become a running joke that these blocks simply serve to give pirates a handy list of new sites to pilfer from.

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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.

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[Via TorrenFreak]


Comments

    Thanks again Foxtel for the list of new sites to "definitely not go to ever".

    As always, these blocks just promote the best places to go right after you spend 3 seconds updating your router's DNS.

      The fatal flaw in your argument is that you're assuming people haven't already :)

      Personally, I applaud the ISP's for this whole "blocking" thing. They've gamed the content owners absolutely perfectly over it, basically getting them to accept paying for the blocks without realising it.

      I think its $50 per site they get charged, so $1400 per ISP. But as we understand, its only a DNS block, ludicrously easy to get around, so its a PR exercise and little more.

      So what happens next? Do the content owners stick with their blinkered view that they've successfully blocked hundreds of sites (and technically they have), or do they try to force the next later of blocking? If the latter, that aint $50 per site. Its thousands.

        The problem is we already have the content owners (Village Roadshow at least) pushing for tougher measures. Including things like blocking search results in google and so on. And we've already got meta data retention pushed through. So sooner or later they'll nail down more and more restrictions.

          Only idiots use Google.

            You do realise that "blocking search results in google" is basically short hand for "blocking search results in internet search engines". They're proposing that all search engines block piracy results.

    I hope they spent a lot of money playing this latest round of whack-a-mole.

    Hey, Foxtel... Launch a competitive service, you luddite fucks.

    Facially easy to bypass?

      I don't think you can get past it with your face - plus would you really want them knowing what you look like? Much easier to prosecute then :P

    Ah the comments. I love how people justify to themselves that it’s ok to knowingly take something they shouldn’t when nobody can see/stop them because they think the price tag is too high. What’s that called again?

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