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Australian Court Orders ISPs to Block 181 ‘Pirate’ Domains, Including Subtitle Sites


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Australia's Federal Court has issued an injunction which requires local Internet providers to block 181 pirate domains linked to 78 'sites'. The injunction targets more sites than ever, including several dedicated to subtitles. According to the movie companies who applied for the order, subtitle sites infringe the copyrights of screenplays.

aus.jpgCopyright holders are increasingly demanding that ISPs should block access to pirate sites in order to protect their business.

This is also the case in Australia, where blocking injunctions were made possible three years ago following amendments to copyright law.

In recent years various copyright holders have requested blockades against torrent sites, streaming services, and direct download portals, with relative ease. And these efforts are not slowing down, on the contrary.

This week the Federal Court has issued the largest pirate site blocking injunction thus far in Australia, judging by the number of targeted sites. The case in question was filed by Village Roadshow, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount, Columbia, Universal, Warner, and others, targeting 78 pirate ‘locations.’

The list of targets includes IPTorrents, BT-Scene, Fmovies, Putlocker, RuTracker, KissAnime, NYAA, Torrentday, YIFY-movies and various others. In total, the injunction lists 181 domain names.

Interestingly, the court order also targets several subtitle sites. The injunction lists OpenSubtitles, YifySubtitles, and SubScene, for example. While these sites don’t host or link to infringing videos, the movie companies argued that the sites are “communicating to the public a literary work,” referencing the screenplay.

Alternatively, it was argued that subtitle files could also be a “substantial reproduction” of the original subtitles, Computerworld previously reported. However, this argument was dropped after Justice Nicholas pointed out it would require proof that a subtitle was directly copied.

The screenplay argument did hold up it seems, as the subtitle sites are listed in the final injunction.

The list of ISPs that are required to implement the blockades includes Telstra, Optus, Vocus, TPG, Vodafone, and several subsidiaries. The blocking measures have to be implemented within 15 days, through DNS blocking, IP-address blocking, or any other means agreed with the rightsholder

“Each Respondent must, within 15 business days of service of these Orders, take reasonable steps to disable access to the Target Online Locations,” the injunction reads, listing the blocking options.

 

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This order will remain valid for a period of three years. If required, the rightsholders can then apply for an extension. The movie companies must also pay ISPs to implement the blocking measures but, at the rate of $50 per domain name, that’s not going to be a problem.

With 78 targeted sites, this is the largest piracy blocking injunction issued by an Australian court. However, next year even broader injunctions may follow, after a series of controversial amendments to copyright law were passed last month.

These amendments make it possible to remove blocked sites from search engines, block mirrors and proxies more effectively, while targeting ‘dual-use’ cyberlocker type sites.

The full list of targeted locations is as follow. A copy of the injunction, obtained by TorrentFreak. can be found here (pdf).

2ddl; 8maple.ru; 9anime.is; Addic7ed; Anilinkz; Animefreak; Animeshow; Avxhm; azmaple.com; Bilutv; Bt-scene; Cartooncrazy; Cmovieshd; Ddlvalley; DailyTVFix; Dnvod; dramacity.io; dramahk.me; Fmovies.io; Glodls; Gogoanime; Hdpopcorns; hindilinks4u.to; hkfree.co; icdrama.se; icdramase; ilovehks.com; IPTorrents; Kantv; Kimcartoon; Kissanime; kisscartoon.ac; m4ufree.com; Masterani.me; Myanimeseries; Nyaa; Nzbplanet; Ondarewatch; Openloadmovies; Opensubtitles.org; Otakustream; Phimbathu; Putlocker.ac; Putlockerhd.co; qooxi.net; Rmz; Rutracker.org; Scnsrc; Seasonvar; Seriesfree; Solarmoviez; Soul-anime; streamtvb.com; Subscene; Subsmovies; Torrentday; Torrentfunk; Torrentmovies; Tvbox; Tw116; Two-movies; Ultra-vid; Usabit; VexMovies; viewasian.tv; Vkool; Vmovee; Watchanimeonline.me; Watchcartoononline.com; Watchcartoononline.io; Watchonlinemovies; Watchseries-online; woaikanxi.cc; Yify-movies; Yifysubtitles; Ymovies.tv; Zimuzu; Zooqle.

 

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10 hours ago, BioHazard said:

The great firewall of kangaroos  🦘.  😂

 

Not so great if you don't use any of the RSPs listed, or if you are with one of them, you don't use their DNS servers.

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9 hours ago, Karlston said:

 

Not so great if you don't use any of the RSPs listed, or if you are with one of them, you don't use their DNS servers.

That will work tell  they figure out site blocking don't work  and they make  it  were they start sending out disconnect  notices based on your ip .. in the USA  the notices  they adopted the idea from France it started out as warnings with just the major isp  now all  isp must have there own notice system and if they don't follow it they get sued with the notice system only a vpn and kill switch can get around it. but on the bright side in the USA they don't block sites  or send out notices for direct downloading  so you can buy a service  for a few cents a day that will let you use most all premium filelockers and leech and  direct download torrents safely . The service i use has been around since like 2010  i been using  it for over a year now and i have a friend who been using it for years they have millions of users  .

 

There is no such thing as safe torrenting   and downloading in most countries without paying, if  you don't want restricted a lot.  its worth a few dollars a month for a good vpn  and a service that gives you unlimited downloads in the cloud . i been using a vpn since 2011 now.  by the the time  all the noobs figure out how to do it safely it want be safe any more and the  smart pirates will be moved off to something new. its been that way since the days of napster  the industries are more concerned about  the masses of noobs that the smart pirates  spoon feed  that is why all the heat is on kodi now.  Not only do the   industries hate kodi and block users from websites and come after devs and box sellers , the pirate websites hate kodi as well because kodi blocks there ads and it ddoss  there servers with all the load  , so now  many Websites block kodi as well, so its dying a creeping death just like many apps before it did.   Even just talking about and linking to  piracy  on sites like reddit.com the post are being took down for complaints by the industries before long we will be back on iRC  talking about it were it cant be blocked.    :tooth:

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