Telstra has jumped the gun in blocking torrent websites. Last week, the Federal Court gave Australian ISPs 15 days to block five major torrent sites. Telstra has reportedly blocked The Pirate Bay already, way ahead the deadline. But bypassing the site-block is a cinch.
On a popular torrent site, Fallout 4 has been downloaded nearly 140,000 times. Nearly 200 people are downloading right now, as I write this. AAA or indie, Fallout 4 or Super Meat Boy, it doesn’t matter. Piracy is inevitable. But a torrent doesn’t appear out of thin air.
There’s casual Pirate Bay piracy, and then there’s private torrent trackers: members-only clubs that share the best movie and TV rips among themselves. As you’d expect, they tend to be pretty hardcore about privacy, enough so that some groups are banning members from using Windows 10.