Foxtel wins court order requiring Australian ISPs to block piracy websites, a real victory or mere symbolism?


On 19/Jun/2018 Foxtel successfully received a court order requiring 49 Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block a list of websites that facilitate online piracy of TV shows owned by Foxtel. The court order is issued for 3 years (and after the end of 3 years and Foxtel can apply to have the order extended) requires the ISPs to block internet users’ access to 28 websites within 15 business days.


Majority of the internet users these days are aware of a range avenues to circumvent internet censorship, e.g. using tor network or using Virtual Private Network (VPN).


Majority of the websites that facilitate piracy circumvent internet censorship by setting up one or more proxy websites to provide the information that is being provided on the website that is blocked or censored.


Web hosts and internet users being able to circumvent anti-piracy measures actioned by law teach us that probably the use of technology and innovation instead of legislation may be more effective way to fight piracy. Spotify, advertisement funded music streaming service, is one such example of technology and innovation making a positive contribution to prevent music piracy.

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