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:
- Torrent Download
- Torrent Room
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.
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.