Here's Every Site Village Roadshow Wants Banned In Australia

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Last week, we brought you the news that Village Roadshow was seeking to add 40 more sites to Australia's anti-piracy block list. ISPs will now need to ban customers from accessing popular torrent and movie streaming sites that include ExtraTorrent, Demonoid, Torrent Downloads, TorrentProject, YTS, 123Movies, and Icefilms. Here is the full list of banned websites (and how to bypass the blocks).

Following the successful blocking (on paper at least) of The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound, IsoHunt and SolarMovies, Village Roadshow is stepping up its attack on copyright infringers. The latest hit list submitted to the courts contains dozens of domains belonging to some of the most popular torrent, streaming, and direct download sites on the internet.

Village Roadshow's application to the courts is essentially a repeat of the previous one, but with new domain names. Once again, the movie company is requesting ISPs including Telstra, Optus, Vocus, TPG and their subsidiaries to implement the blocks.

Here's the full list of blocked sites as reported by TorrentFreak:

  • 123Movies
  • Alluc
  • Bitsnoop
  • Couchtuner
  • Demonoid
  • EYNY
  • EZTV
  • FMovies
  • GenVideos
  • Hdmovieswatch
  • Icefilms
  • Kinogo
  • KissCartoon
  • Limetorrents
  • MegaShare
  • Movie4k
  • Phimmoi
  • PrimeWire
  • Rarbg
  • RIsbb
  • Shush
  • Softarchive
  • Spacemov
  • Tehparadox
  • Torrent Downloads
  • TorrentProject
  • Viooz
  • WatchFree
  • WatchSeries
  • Xemphimso
  • Yify Torrent
  • YTS

As we've mentioned in the past, torrenting itself is completely legal and it's not all that difficult to circumvent ISP blocking of torrent websites. Click here to find out how to circumvent the blocks.

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    Looks like Google DNS is going to be seeing a bit more use then.

      I had never even come close to tinkering with DNS settings before, but it took me a grand total of 2 minutes to figure out how to switch to the Google one to get around the block.

      Can we all just take a second to appreciate good guy Village Roadshow, doing its part to improve technical skills among the torrenting public.

      Last edited 28/02/17 9:58 am

        More importantly, we have to thank them for letting us know what all the good steaming/torrenting websites are.
        I hadn't heard about most of these till now.

    got to admit I haven't heard of 90% of them lol

    considering Yify is technically dead, I wouldn't be surprised if 90% of these websites are also no longer functioning or working off w/e URL given to the court

    which basically highlights how inept these suits are, nevermind the ease of bypassing a block

    Last edited 28/02/17 7:31 am

    Been using Google's public DNS. Works a treat. And thanks for the list of sites to check out, Village Roadshow!

    Ah well, looks like all those newsgroups I found with direct downloads and no torrents usage will have more traffic soon.

      Shhhhhhh!. The first rule of newsgroups is don't talk about newgroups..... :)

    Have a few sites "banned". Tick
    Some more sites "banned". Tick
    Eventually, apply that the "banning" method is ineffective. Ask for more stringent banning technology.

    This is all baby steps by Village Roadshow i would think.

      Baby steps is a look at campaign donations.

      Village Roadshow gave $325,000 to the Federal LNP in 2015-16.

      And also gave the labour party $257,000 during the same period. It was actually their single largest donor.

      They've consistently donated money every year to both parties.


      Last edited 28/02/17 9:37 am

        Almost $600K on political donations. Imagine if they spent that money finding a better way to get their products to consumers

    Excellent! I was looking for a list of alternatives to try if my regulars don't have what I'm looking for.

    I work in the film industry and I agree with them. If you're going to VPN at least buy the shit in USD and get it the day it comes out if delays are your beef.

      I think you'll find a lot of people here do exactly that, circumventing geo-blocks to access US catalogues of things like Netflix. We've all been crying out for timely release of content at a reasonable price in Australia. Yet we still get the likes of Village-Roadshow claiming that pirates are the equivalent of terrorists and pedophiles because we want to buy their content, yet legally cannot.

        Yeah that's fine because fuck Foxtel and other content bottle necks. It's more people going on solar and stealing content. It's a shit thing to do.

        Oceania has been getting quicker and cheaper releases than the US for some time now, at least as far as movies are concerned.

        As an example Suicide Squad special edition BR was available a full week before the US and $11 cheaper.

      Why though, by delaying releases here, they have either decided they make more money by selling exclusivity to some company, or releasing it at a later date(see lego movie etc)

      In buying things through a US site, we take no steps for them to rectify the problems we have. It would be like telling your wife that if there's an issue she should just go and buy herself flowers/jewellery so we don't have to go and put in any effort.

      Not to mention in most cases using a VPN to buy content from a region that is not your own, generally means you don't own the license for that copy because the license holder doesnt have the rights to sell it to you.

      Which means they are within their rights to revoke those copies at will.

      I buy DVDs of the shows I peruse, but since they've generally been sold to a broadcaster that doesn't air them in a timely fashion, I'm not exactly rushing out on day 1 to pick them up either.

      Not to mention we live in a digital world if I want to discuss things in a timely manner and don't want shit like the news spoiling major developments in shows then I'm gonna keep doing it

    Woah, that blocked list is longer than I expected.

    I don't even recognise 99% of those sites.

    and yet the two torrent sites I use are not there. Hahaha.

    I use yts. It's the second coming of yify.

    Had a vpn for a little while. Might have to get it back again.


      YTS has always been the torrent site and YIFY the associated release group. (YTS = YIFY Torrent Site)

      The current YTS and YIFY sites floating around have nothing to do with the original site or release group. Be careful when downloading torrents from fake YTS sites and those who claim to be from YIFY - none of them are genuinely affiliated with the group.

      One or two of the fake sites seem to have decent torrents and attempt to carry on the YIFY legacy but the rest are scams.

        Also I wouldn't be surprised if the sites carrying on the YIFY legacy were honey pots tbh so keep yourself protected!

    Fuck Village Roadshow and its mentally unbalanced, outdated views. Who is going to stop me from using Google DNS and a free VPN? Its not surprising tnat they're so technologically inept as to think they're making a difference.

    But who the FUCK allowed for laws to make it legal for greedy companies to request internet censorship? Our pinheaded politician's who have no respect for freedom. Fuck the nanny state.

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