Thursday, 15 December 2016 16:08

Court orders ISPs to block rights-infringing websites Featured


Foxtel and Village Roadshow have succeeded in their bid in the Federal Court to force ISPs to block a number of sites they say are infringing their copyright.

The court handed down its judgement this afternoon in the case which was filed by Foxtel and Village Roadshow in February.

ISPs were required to block The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt and SolarMovie, according to the court ruling.

But Federal Court Judge John Nicholas did not grant the copyright holders leave to issue out-of-court orders to carriers to block any other sites.

The ABC reported that service providers would have 15 business days to implement the blocks which they can do through DNS, IP address blocking, or any other method that the rights holders and ISPs agree on.

The costs of blocking the sites would be borne by the rights holders, with the court determining that it would cost $50 to block each domain.

The site blocking will have to be done under court supervision.

Changes to the copyright laws last year made it possible for content owners to apply to the courts to seek injunctions against ISPs so that they would have to block sites that were deemed to be infringing the content owners' rights.

The court also ruled that content owners would have to pay the costs of the case.

The respondents in the case were Telstra, Optus, M2 (now Vocus Communications) and TPG.

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