Foxtel Just Blocked 28 More Torrent Sites In Australia

Back in February 2015, legislation was passed that allowed content rights holders to apply for an order to block websites that "facilitate piracy" in Australia.

Today at The Federal Court of Australia in Sydney, various internet service providers - from Telstra to TPG - were ordered to block 28 torrent sites including watchfreemovies and 123Hulu, within 15 business days.

Basically, the goal for Foxtel is to block Australians from accessing websites that infringe on its copyright by allowing unauthorised access to its intellectual property.

The 28 domains, including streaming and BitTorrent sites, were presented to the Federal Court back in May. Following hearings in April and June, the final judgement was delivered today at 12pm.

Back In 2017 the content provider successfully had 20 online services blocked.

Today, the following were added to the list along with various .net, .eu, .to etc variants:

  • 123Hulu
  • 1Movies>
  • 5Movies
  • ETTV
  • iHDEuropix
  • HDO
  • NewEpisodes
  • MagnetDL
  • TorrentDownload
  • TorrentRoom
  • Torrents
  • SeriesTop
  • Sockshare
  • WatchFreeMovies
  • Watch32

Once a website is blocked, users who visit them will be hit with a landing page that warns them that the site cannot be accessed.

Some content rights holders, like Roadshow CEO Graham Burke, say the current laws don't go far enough. On March 15 Burke penned a letter to the Department of Communications and the Arts, appealing for a review of the Copyright Online Infringement Amendment.

"With all major pirate sites blocked in Australia, the front door of the department store is shut. However, pirates, facilitated by Google and other search engines, are circumventing Australian Laws and Courts and opening a huge back door. By way of example, I attach page shots of Google searches, in most cases coming up with pirate links before a user even completes typing a search phrase," Burke said.

"Australia needs the power to require Google and other search engines to take reasonable steps to stop facilitating searches which lead to pirate sites."


Comments

    Once again I've never heard of any of them.

      Same. I have no idea what are those. I don't even have to do anything and piratebay is still accessible.

      yep

      but these articles are pretty handy in tell me what sites to check out haha

    8:8:8:8
    Oh look, it's all unblocked now

      Yep. While there are other more effective ways to do this, DNS blocking is the way most Australian ISPs have chosen to do it, and by far the easiest to circumvent.

        Australian ISPs know what to do when they get stupid requests like these ;)

      I’ve had Google as my DNS for years and still do. But I can’t access most torrent sites. How are you able to if your DNS is no different than mine? I’m with TPG if that’s any help.

        that only works if they are DNS blocking the websites. a DNS is basically just a huge server that translates the words your type for a website for example facebook.com into its IP address 66.220.144.0.

        Most ISP just tell the DNS server to redirect to the block page instead of the actual website so if you change to a different DNS it will generally work. I dont believe TPG DNS block but Telstra for example do.

        also if you are interested in a more secure and faster DNS i would seriously recommend 1.1.1.1 as your primary and 1.0.0.1 as your secondary.

      unblocked yes. still easy to trace though. if you are going to be torrenting things at least jump behind a vpn.

        replying to myself so i dont end up in edit moderation hell.

        By torrenting things i mean pirating crap. not just using torrents which are completely legal.

    However, pirates, facilitated by Google and other search engines, are circumventing Australian Laws and Courts and opening a huge back door. By way of example, I attach page shots of Google searches, in most cases coming up with pirate links before a user even completes typing a search phrase

    Welcome to the internet, Burke. Everyone told you this would happen before you wasted time and money getting the first set of laws pushed through, now you're having a cry that they don't work. Imagine that. It bears saying again: They'll never work, Burke.

    Australia needs the power to require Google and other search engines to take reasonable steps to stop facilitating searches which lead to pirate sites

    No we don't, and even if we did it wouldn't accomplish anything. Pirate sites tend to spread by word of mouth, chat services, message boards, etc. not because they appear in search engines.

    Face it Burke, your personal crusade against piracy hasn't actually accomplished anything, and won't accomplish anything. I'll put good money down that Australian piracy is still on the rise despite these site blocks. All you've done is move the piracy from areas you can measure to areas you can't, but it's absolutely still happening.

      I don't think any of Burke's actions had were motivated by piracy in the first place.

      While a convenience excuse I feel the real reason is Burke sees his importance in the entertainment industry has evaporated and is blaming everyone but himself for not adapting.

      If he couldn't get away with blaming piracy, I'm sure he would have been screaming about online streaming services (he did compare high speed broadband to run off at one point).

        Definitely. He's the Gerry Harvey of the Australian film industry.

    The only enjoyment I get out of this is knowing how much Foxtel and Murdoch are wasting on all these pointless bans and blocks. Seriously... First they f**ked our NBN infrastructure to try and stop us from stable streaming (and failed) and now just this kind of notice every few months.

    Hot tip Foxtel - You are not relevant any more you over priced, under value, dinosaur business model that needs to just roll over and die. Block every torrent site if you want Rupert... The people have woken up to your s**t.

    While I have a subscription to a net based tv service that has the few shows I watch, Foxtel can feel free to bite the dust. Maybe if the service wasn't garbage they wouldn't be so reliant on Telstra for relevancy.

    The Murdochs can fuck right off.

    Hey look, my money is still staying inside my wallet instead of subscribing to Foxtel.

    Oh no! 15 torrent sites down. 30 more to replace them.

    Oh foxtel, you so silly! Your days are numbered

      They still have 2.8million subscribers.
      And 3.2billion revenue for the 2017 financial year.

    Meh, it aint no biggie now. I'm just worried they will start blocking my asian dramas. If they are blocking content that you can easily get here then I have no problem, it's when they start blocking content that you have to spend a fortune or is simply impossible to get that I get salty. FI guess Game of Thrones is ok by my reasoning, because $50 a month for one show is fkn ridic).

    All that money Foxtel and Village spend on lawyers that could be better spent investing in improving their interactions with customers

    And those lawyers laugh all the way to the bank

    Foxtel needs to provide a cheaper service with more content that arrives the same day as in the US. Otherwise they will continue to pay for this with piracy.

    Sucks to be them.

      Problem also comes down to the production companies and their distributors. Where foxtel can do near simulcast they try. But if a pay tv company pays extra money for exclusive rights for a set period, nothing much they can do about it.
      I'm not trying to be pro foxtel, I do not like them but there are more factors than just one company when it comes to media distribution.

        Problem also comes down to the production companies and their distributors.

        Damn straight. What many don't see (in some cases, even want to for that matter) is some exclusivity is because of the production company either creating a bidding war or offing the rights at such a high price only the larger can afford them anyway.

        Many are quick to blame Foxtel for convenience despite Foxtel being the last small link in a very big and long chain.

    A media company gets to decide which media we have access to on other platforms.

    This is fine.

    GET A VPN... even if your not doing anything wrong just protect yourself. sheesh.

    Changing the DNS to 8.8.8.8 or 1.1.1.1 may work, but I would recommend getting a VPN like Nord, PIA or Strong etc. Better safe than sorry.

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