Foxtel has named 4 websites it is seeking to have blocked from access in Australia: The Pirate Bay, TorrentHound, IsoHunt and Torrentz all in its sights.
It claims shows such as Wentworth, The Real Housewives of Melbourne, A Place to Call Home and Open Slather have been available through the sites, directly impacting on its subscription base.
The Federal Court bid to have them blocked from Australian ISPs follows Village Roadshow seeking to stop access to the SolarMovie website.
“I’m actually surprised that Solarmovie has gained so much attention,” site owner told TorrentFreak.
“It’s definitely not the biggest linking site available [SolarMovie is ranked #1,500 by Alexa] and it strictly follows the DMCA at least,” he says.
“No sexual ads are allowed on the site for sure. Furthermore, logged in users don’t see any ads at all.”
“No one I know has heard of Solarmovie. They’ve just had the best free publicity they never hoped for,” chief executive of Internet Australia, Laurie Patton, told Guardian Australia.
“Not only will site-blocking not stop unlawful downloading, it will cause inconvenience to ISPs and additional operating costs that will inevitably be passed on to consumers.”
The first hearings for Village Roadshow and Foxtel’s cases are schedule for March 8 and March 9, respectively.