The Federal Court has ordered blocks on 127 domain names that allow access to 15 pirate streaming sites and 2 torrent sites, in a win for Foxtel.
Australian ISPs TPG/iiNet, Optus, Telstra and Vocus will block: Yes Movies, Vumoo, Los Movies, Cartoon HD, Putlocker, Watch Series 1, Watch Series 2, Project – Free TV, ProjectFreeTV, Watch Episodes, Watch Episode Series, Watch TV Series, The Dare TV, Putlocker9.is, Putlocker9.com, as well as Torrent sites: 1337x and Torlock.
Foxtel will be required to pay $50 for each domain with the block to remain intact for 3 years.
The win follows last year’s blocking of piracy sites and increases the number of domain names blocked to more than 250. In total, 65 major piracy sites have now been ordered to be blocked by the Federal Court.
Foxtel Chief Executive, Peter Tonagh, said, “Foxtel welcomes today’s judgment as another critical step in combating online piracy, which continues to undermine Australia’s creative industry. The Government’s passage of the site blocking legislation, and the Court’s continued willingness to impose site blocking orders, illustrates the gravity of the threat and the concern we should all have about protecting the hard work of the actors, writers, directors and production teams involved in creating the programming we all love.
“Foxtel believes in the importance of educating people that accessing pirated content is not a victimless crime and we will continue to do our part in shedding light on the seriousness of intellectual property theft, while simultaneously helping to ensure our content is available quickly, easily and at a price that suits their budgets.”
Movie studios including Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount were also successful in a bid to block over 40 further pirate sites.