Village Roadshow Wins Australian Federal Court Battle Targeting 76 Websites

By Bill Toulas / June 12, 2019

Village Roadshow, one of the most forceful piracy-fighting entities in the world has won another legal battle on Australian ground, which will compel the local ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to block access to 76 overseas websites. The case was filed in December 2018, and Village Roadshow had influential collaborators on their side, including Universal, Disney, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century Fox, Columbia, and Paramount. It took the Australian Federal Court a while to decide what would be the fair judgment on the matter, and the end result is to approve the requested injunction.

Now, ISPs such as Telstra, Optus, TPG, and Vodafone will all have to block the 76 websites that are accused of piracy through torrents, streaming, and even linking to other pirating locations. The websites that are to be blocked immediately are the following:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Under section 115A of the Copyright Act for the service providers, the above websites will be blocked upon paying a small fee from the studios (AU$50 for each domain), and the ISPs will have to carry out the technical side of the blockage in 15 business days. Failing to do so will result in penalties for the IPS, increasing with each day of non-compliance. Mirror sites that may pop up after blocking the main domain will also be covered by the order, without having to prove that the website is hosted outside Australia.

Village Roadshow has been bothering Google in Australia, accusing them of enabling access to copyrighted content, something that led the US tech giant to finally comply and remove hundreds of pirate websites from their Australian index. Village Roadshow has achieved similar legal wins in the recent past, managing to get court orders that compelled ISPs to block non-copyright infringing subtitle hosting websites in the country. The blocking terms were the same back then as they are now with the torrent and streaming websites that are to be blocked.

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