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

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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Film distributor Village Roadshow has won a legal battle to force internet service providers, including Telstra, to block sites used to illegally download movies and other programs.

Village Roadshow – backed by Disney, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Universal Studios and Warner Bros – alleged that, while websites used to illegally download content are located overseas, they are accessible to Australians via local internet service providers.

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Pirates, you have been warned.

More than 50 pirate websites — illegally sharing movies and TV shows — will be blocked in Australia within days.

And anti-copyright theft group Creative Content Australia went further and warned individual movie pirates would be next to face courts, with plans to sue any Australian who “continues to download pirated content”.

Foxtel backs Federal Court’s decision to block 127 domain names associated with piracy
Subscription television service Foxtel has supported the Federal Court’s decision to block an additional 127 domain names which are associated with piracy.

Some of Australia’s largest ISPs including TPG, Optus and Vocus will block streaming sites and domain names including Yes Movies, Vumoo, Los Movies, Cartoon HD, Putlocker, Watch Series 1, Watch Series 2, Project Free TV, Watch Episodes, Watch Episode Series, Watch TV Series, The Dare TV,, and Torlock.

Court Orders Aussie ISPs to Block Dozens of Pirate Sites
Following two new court orders issued today, Australian Internet providers must block dozens of additional pirate sites. The new blockades were requested by Foxtel and Village Roadshow, and cover many of the most used pirate sources, including Gomovies, RARBG, 1337x and EZTV. Creative Content Australia warns that people who bypass the blocks could easily run into malware, viruses and other nastiness.

Rather than taking site operators to court, copyright holders increasingly demand that Internet providers should block access to ‘pirate’ domains.

As a result, courts all around the world have ordered ISPs to block subscriber access to various pirate sites.

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