Site-blocking news

Australia's biggest telcos ordered to block international pirate websites by Federal Court

August 28, 2017 8:21 am

From ABC News: Australia's biggest telcos have been ordered to block access to 57 international websites that allow users to download pirated TV shows and movies.

In a ruling handed down on Friday, the Federal Court found that the websites operated with a "blatant disregard for the rights of copyright owners".

It ordered Telstra, Optus, Vocus and TPG to take "reasonable steps", within 15 days, to stop their customers accessing the websites, which include,,, Yes Movies, Vumoo and Los Movies.

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Foxtel launches new round of piracy site blocking applications in Australian Federal Court

May 11, 2017 8:24 am

Foxtel has launched another case in the Federal Court to have the piracy streaming websites Yes Movies, Los Movies, Watch Series and Project Free TV blocked in Australia.

More at ABC...

Music industry gets its wishes - Kickass Torrents blocked

May 1, 2017 8:30 am

The Australian music industry has been successful in its bid to have KickAss Torrents blocked in Australia.

The Federal Court has ordered the following websites to be blocked.


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(Mashable) Village Roadshow CEO: Expect more site-blocking cases 'big time'

January 13, 2017 6:52 am

Are the next set of site blocking cases being drafted up already?

Mashable has a story quoting Village Roadshow's Graham Burke, saying the company has a list "as long as my arm" of piracy sites the company would like to have blocked.

While there doesn't appear to be a specific timeline of when new cases may pop up, the article indicates the legal maneuvering may resume "when the court resumes in February".

Check out the story here and follow the journo Ariel Bogle on Twitter.

Village Roadshow's Graham Burke told the ABC in December that new cases would be likely "at the earliest possible moment," warning "criminals and scammers" to "look out."

UPDATE: 7:53pm 13 Jan 2017 has picked up Mashable's story


And here's the case

Site blocking round up. What's working? What's not?

January 11, 2017 10:07 am

There's a tip in the tips queue about Internode's approach to site blocking I'd like to explore.

As of a few days before Christmas, the tipster reported to "Internode has activated its block".

The ISP's splash/notification page looks like this:

But interestingly, tipster writes "as far as I can tell, a DNS change does not bypass it."

We know that people quickly worked a way around the blocks, but could this imply that some ISPs have a slightly stronger approach to blocking than others?

I don't want to get into publishing ways to get around the blocks, but I'm interested if any readers have worked out how to get around Internode's (and more widely, TPG's) approach.

Let me know via the tips page, or via email (there's a PGP option, if you're that way inclined). I'll update the story if anything comes up.

UPDATE 12 Jan 2017

According to our tipsters it seems that getting around TPG's block is as "easy" as - that is, setting the computer to use Google's public DNS service rather than using the ISPs default.

(CNET) The Pirate Bay is blocked Australia wide... except it really isn't

January 11, 2017 9:52 am

I'm a bit late to this, but this CNET article is a good round up regarding the ease (for the more technically minded) some users are having getting around the blocks of piracy website being implemented by ISPs.

As is being explored here many of the nation's largest ISPs have been slowly implementing their piracy blocks over the Christmas/New Year break.

Which is no surprise. They were ordered to do so by the Federal Court in December 2016.

Telstra (and other ISPs) have started blocks: reports and tips (updated again)

December 20, 2016 11:28 pm

TorrentFreak is reporting that the ISP Telstra has begun rolling out the first blocks to stop its customers accessing The Pirate Bay.

However, it some have already appeared to work a way around it.

Telstra has become the very first Australian ISP to block The Pirate Bay, a move designed to crack down on piracy in the country. However, the blocking method chosen by the ISP is the most basic option permitted under the Federal Court's order. As a result, it's been defeated in seconds.

Read the TorrentFreak story here

If you're a customer of Telstra, and are seeing the blocks, email through some screenshots!


Thanks to the several people who have emailed in some screenshots.

Firstly, here's the screenshot of what I am told is a Telstra (over wifi) connection, no longer reaching Pirate Bay:

And on Android:

But apparently, SolarMovie on Telstra isn't yet blocked, which is interesting as it was among the sites ordered blocked by the Federal Court.

I wonder why Telstra is blocking one, but not the other (yet).

As usual, if you see anything interesting send in a tip or an email: contact -at- s115a -dot- com

Also, on the subject of tips someone has said that SolarMovie "seems to be unavalible from an optus internet connection." Can anyone verify this?

UPDATE: 11 Jan 2017

Just going through the tips we've received over the last few weeks. As expected, ISPs are blocking access to these sites as per the Federal Court order.

  • Solarmovie blocked today by Telstra
  • Every single website on the Sites blocked page is blocked on the Optus network.
  • seems to be unavailable from an Optus internet connection. Also ThePirateBay is availible for us atm

This is apparently Optus' block page:

And Internode's (owned by TPG):

UPDATE: 13 Jan 2017 Here are the IP addresses of the various ISP servers hosting the blocking notices.

The blocks begin: The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt and SolarMovie gone

December 12, 2016 5:11 pm

After a long, exhaustive legal process the Federal Court in Sydney has ordered that The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt and SolarMovie be blocked in Australia.

The cases were filed in the Federal Court in February by Foxtel and Village Roadshow

It was the first time the laws had been used, after they were signed into law in 2015. Currently three cases have been launched under the relevant part of the Copyright Act (s115a).

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Music industry gets its day at the Federal Court

October 26, 2016 11:00 am

ISPs and rights holders argue about who should pay for blocking scheme

May 7, 2016 12:25 pm

ISPs and rights holders have spent Friday morning in Sydney's Federal Court arguing about who should pay for Australia's site blocking scheme.

It's the first site blocking case to make it to court, and is a test of the laws which were passed in June last year.

Village Roadshow has filed an application to block access to SolarMovie, and Foxtel wants to block The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, IsoHunt and TorrentHound.

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Music industry applies to have KickassTorrents blocked in Australia

April 19, 2016 10:44 am

The biggest names in music - Warner, Universal, Sony, and Albert & Son - have launched a site blocking application in Australia, applying to have KickassTorrents blocked.

It's the third site blocking application, after Foxtel and Village Roadshow applied to the Federal Court a month ago to have various streaming and torrent sites blocked.

The application was filed in the Federal Court on the 18th April, again listing the country's largest ISPs as respondents.

UPDATE 21 April: A list of domain names that the music industry have applied to have blocked has been added to the story.

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Foxtel, Village Roadshow begin the legal fight to have sites blocked

March 15, 2016 9:17 pm

It was the day in court that Village Roadshow and Foxtel had long been waiting for.

The two rights holders appeared before Justice Nicholas in the Federal Court this morning, and began laying out their arguments for why 65 URLs and many more IP addresses should be blocked in Australia.

Unsurprisingly, no one from the alleged piracy websites (The Pirate Bay and SolarMovie) was there. Richard Lancaster, appearing for Foxtel, said he didn't expect anyone would be appearing in the future.

Lawyers/barristers for Telstra, TPG, M2 and Optus were present, and said they would - essentially - not be putting up a defence to the site-blocking application.

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Site blocking case launched in Federal Court

February 17, 2016 2:10 pm

Village Roadshow has filed a site-blocking case in the Federal Court, the first time the anti-piracy laws have been used in Australia.

Village wants the streaming website Solar Movie blocked from being accessed in Australia. Telstra, and several other large ISPs, are the respondents to the case.

Check out the Village Roadshow case file or the Foxtel case file

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Half way into February 2016, yet still nothing

February 15, 2016 3:43 pm

Christmas, New Year, Australia Day. They've all been and gone, and we're now half way through February.

But it's still silent on the site blocking front. Don't worry, we'll continue to keep an eye on the Federal Court just to see if something pops up, sooner or later.

They said it would be soon, didn't they?

EDIT: Wouldn't you know it! :)

Foxtel lays out 2016 timeline for site-blocking court case

December 2, 2015 12:32 pm

Foxtel has confirmed it plans to "initiate action shortly", in what would be the first test of Australia's new site-blocking laws.

The pay TV company is "getting ready to launch the first court action under legislation designed to block web sites that illegally offer film and TV content," reports Inside Film

While specific timelines are not currently available, and no court case has yet been filed, it's likely that the matter will be heard sometime in 2016.

The law case's target, or targets, for site-blocking is also not yet known.

But has been told it's likely to more than one, meaning several websites will be targeted under the site-blocking action.

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Village Roadshow preps Federal Court site-blocking application

November 24, 2015 10:06 am

Has the count down to a web-blocking case finally reached zero? After months of nothing, site-blocking news is popping up almost by the day.

Over at CNET, Claire Reilly reports that Village Roadshow could be "first off the blocks" in getting a site-blocking application into the Federal Court.

Village Roadshow will be one of the first rights holders to put new site-blocking laws to the test, confirming it is preparing an application to the Federal Court under the Government's anti-piracy legislation.

No details on when or which sites, as yet. Village Roadshow is not commenting further.

It's not entirely unexpected that Village Roadshow would be interested in testing the new laws. And don't forget that three months ago, Foxtel was saying a case would be filed within months.

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Small ISP threatened with Federal Court case unless it voluntarily blocks access to website

November 19, 2015 12:59 pm

A small Australian ISP has received a demand that it block access to an overseas website or face legal action in the Federal Court.

If the case goes ahead, it would be the first time Australia's site-blocking laws would be used and tested in court.

Law firm Moray and Agnew, acting for construction firm Simonds Homes, sent the legal demand last week, giving the ISP seven days to block the website.

The website is CHM Constructions (, which Moray and Agnew said was "infringing on Simonds' rights".

Full story at at ABC News and The Register

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Village Roadshow's Graham Burke threatens to sue individuals for piracy (except single pregnant women)

August 26, 2015 9:21 am

Village Roadshow's Graham Burke has again come out swinging against online piracy, threatening to sue individuals who download TV and movie content without authorisation.

Talking to SBS2's Marc Fennell, Mr Burke said he's had enough.

"Yes we will sue people," he said. "[They have] been warned, notices issued, that they have been doing the wrong thing."

Suing individuals is a tactic long used in the United States, but often results in bad PR for the company involved. It turns out suing viewers of your content isn't always a great look.

Mr Burke is aware of such optics, so he appears to have given a get-out-of-jail-free-card to partnerless women about to give birth.

"We’re certainly not going to be seeking out single pregnant mothers," he said.

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We've been on Twitter since the beginning of this site, but as most Australians use Facebook (not Twitter) for news, it's silly not being there too.

While there's not a lot of news at the moment, when there is we'll push it out via every platform (, Twitter, RSS, email and - now - Facebook). This means you can choose how you prefer to be updated.

So why not Like us today!

Communications Alliance confirms discussions with Foxtel over future website blocking cases

August 11, 2015 3:11 pm

The Communications Alliance has confirmed it's been in a "general discussion" with Foxtel about future Federal Court website blocking injunctions.

The organisation, which represents ISPs, said the talks were in advance of any website blocking application. The talks were held to discuss technical, operational and financial issues prior to any court case.

As reported on August 4th, Foxtel said it was considering legal action 'in coming months' to have piracy websites in Australia blocked.

Since then, as Crikey reports today ($), Foxtel has been in "direct discussions with the representative group for telecommunications companies to work out the best way to get the case to court."

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Foxtel considering legal action 'in coming months' to block piracy websites

August 4, 2015 5:44 pm

Pay TV company Foxtel is preparing to launch a legal case "in the coming months" to have piracy-related websites like The Pirate Bay blocked from access in Australia.

The company has told the ABC it is currently receiving legal advice on "how best to put the legislation into effect" and expects to do so soon.

But legal experts and internet user groups are surprised they have not yet seen a Federal Court site-blocking case, and that it may be several more months before it happens.

My full story at ABC News

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Attorney-General's Department provides estimate on site blocking costs

July 14, 2015 8:23 pm

An interesting little tidbit about website blocking popped up today, care of journalist Josh Taylor who is (currently) with ZDNet.

He reported "the Attorney-General's Department estimates that the cost to ISPs per piracy site blocked will be $263-$350 per ISP."

Lawyer Leanne O'Donnell immediately questioned the costs estimate.

"That isn't even an hour of an ISP's lawyer's time to check the order, let alone other costs," she wrote.

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Site blocking legislation now law

June 26, 2015 4:12 pm

It received Royal Assent on the 26th June 2015.

It passed the Senate on the 22nd June, and it passed the House on the 16th June 2015.

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