Australian authorities are planning to crack down the websites that serve unauthorize tv series and movies. And the anti-piracy organization will be taking people to court who try to download unauthorized copies later this year.
The federal courts have ordered the ISPs and Telcos to block 59 websites and 127 domains as to alleviate the cyber crime issue.
There are two cases that are being dealt in the court. The first case was filed by entertainment company Village Roadshow, on which the judge ordered to block those videos and websites that make tutorials on how to evade legal action “reflect a blatant disregard for copyright owners.” The case has 13 names of tv shows and movies that are available on pirate websites which also includes The Lego Movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Big Bang Theory.
The judge ordered ISPs to block 42 of the 59 websites for the Roadshow case while the judge ordered to block the remaining 17 websites for the second case filed by the Australian cable company Foxtel.
Australia is considered to be the one of the territories with biggest number of Got pirates. Foxtel used to be the one airing the GoT episodes in Australia but it is stopping since it costs a little too much.
The authorized ISPs and Telcos have 15 days to block all the websites. The online destinations they have to block include PrimeWire, MegaShare, Limetorrents, Project Free TV, Watch Series, PutLocker and GoMovies. 65 pirate websites will not be able to access by any means in Australia by the end of this process.
Graham Burke, Village Roadshow’s co-CEO and the head honcho of anti-piracy group Creative Content Australia (previously known as the IP Awareness Foundation), said:
“This is a historic moment for Australia to have what is effectively 95% of the criminal trade blocked. The thieves who run pirate sites contribute nothing to Australia — they employ no one and pay no taxes here. Of the enormous profits they earn, not one cent goes back to the original creators of the content.”