Sydney: On Thursday, the Australian ordered s to block websites found guilty of copyright infringement. The court required 5 websites be blocked — , , , , and SolarMovie.
The court has asked the copyright holders to pay up to50 to the ISPs for each domain to be blocked. After successful blocking of these websites, they are to be replaced by a landing page showing an “access denied” message as well as a notice the website “infringes or facilitates the infringement of copyright.”
Peter Tonagh, the chief executive of copyright holderssaid, “This judgment is a major step in both directly combating piracy and educating the public that accessing content through these sites is not OK, in fact, it is theft”.
Graham Bruke, co-executive of the other copyright holder in the case, Roadshow plan to block over 50 websites., in October called people who pirate the copyrighted material “leeches and thieves” and compared them to sellers. Foxtel and Village
The operators of SolarMovie and the torrent websites did not attend the court hearing.
Variousdistributions like , and allow users to download the operating system through torrents.
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The legal fight between copyright holders and ISPs on whether the ISPs have to block websites that use copyrighted material has been going on in courts around the world for years. In 2015 in a similar case a Swedish court ruled [JURIST report] that the ISPs were not required to block Pirate Bay and other similar sites. The same question was also decided by Irish [JURIST report] and Dutch courts [JURIST report] in 2013 and 2014, where the courts came to different results. The co-founder of Pirate Bay Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has also been involved in several lawsuits over alleged hacking. In 2013 a Swedish court found him guilty of hacking and fraud and sentences him to two years in prison, which was later reduced [JURIST report] to one year. In 2014 he was found guilty [JURIST report] of hacking into public records by a Danish court — Jurist