blog The Federal Government passed its controversial new law to block websites which infringe copyright in June last year, but it it has taken until now for the content industry to actually organise lawsuits to start using the laws. Funny that things have taken so long … given the apparent urgency with which the laws were passed at the time. As revealed by the Sydney Morning Herald and a number of other media this morning, the content industry’s first target will be Solar Movie. I’ve never heard of this site (and I won’t link to it), but apparently it allows you to watch “free movies online”. The SMH reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“The site has been blocked by court order in the United Kingdom and on Tuesday was the first site to be blocked through court action by Singapore ISPs since the its government’s own copyright legislation changes in December 2014.”
To be honest, I can’t see this site blocking action having a huge impact on Internet piracy in Australia. Not only can you defeat this style of site blocking merely by using a Virtual Private Network (not precisely hard to implement), but I would imagine that much of the actual piracy that takes place in Australia is using the BitTorrent protocol. In any case, we’re sure to see some legal action on this shortly.
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