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.

Via a press release Jenny Morris, Chair of the APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Board, said the site blocking application is about supporting legitimate music sources.

"Online infringement continues to be a major threat to the sustainability of the Australian music industry. Illegal offshore sites like Kickass Torrents show a complete disrespect for music creators and the value of music," she wrote.

"Australian music fans already have access - for free if they choose - to the world’s repertoire of music via more than 20 legitimate licensed online music services. Blocking access to sites like Kickass Torrents is all about supporting those services and allowing the writers whose songs are available on them to be paid for their work."

UPDATE 21 April:

Thanks very much to Ariel Bogle at Mashable Australia, we can now see the list of domains that the music industry would like to see blocked.


Interestingly, unlike both Foxtel and Village Roadshow, the music industry's claim does not contain IP addresses - just the domain name itself.

Here is the Statement of Claim and Originating Application

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