In another push to block Australians from accessing websites allegedly associated with online piracy, Foxtel has filed an action against telcos to block torrenting, streaming, and proxy websites. The orders sought by Foxtel are modelled on those granted in previous applications related to piracy, with Foxtel’s legal representatives saying that the company’s application was in a “very similar form to previous applications with similar types of technology”. If the order is enforced, the telcos listed as respondents would be required to block access to a list of websites for a period of three years, using their choice of DNS, IP, or URL blocking or any other method agreed to by Foxtel. The telcos include Optus, Telstra, TPG, Vocus, and Vodafone, in addition to their subsidiaries such as iiNet, Dodo, and iPrimus. The sites that Foxtel has applied to be blocked are primarily links to streaming services or BitTorrent downloads, with five of them being proxy websites. The proxy websites are: Unblocked.lol, Unblocked.win, Unblockall, Unblocker, and Myunblock. The new action filed by Foxtel upholds the pattern of content creators and television companies upping the ante against streamining and torrenting websites after amendments to the site-block laws were passed in late November. The amendments allow for faster blocks of mirror sites, reduces the burden of proving that a site is hosted outside of Australia, and expands the legislation to sites that not only have the “primary purpose”, but also to those that have the “primary effect” of infringing copyright, the government said… [Read full story]
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