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Australian music industry wants ISPs to block ‘stream ripping’ sites

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:53 pm

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Major music labels are backing court action that, if successful, will force major Australian Internet service providers to block their customers from accessing so-called ‘stream ripping’ services.

The Federal Court action is being coordinated by Music Rights Australia, with the support of the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) as well as Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd, Universal Music Australia Pty Limited and Warner Music Australia Pty Limited.

Stream-ripping sites allow users to record and save the audio streamed from a service such as Spotify or YouTube. The services have not previously been the subject of legal action in Australia. (In November, Sony Music emerged victorious from a fight against stream-ripping service in a German court, with the service being declared illegal.)

Last year Australia’s anti-piracy scheme was significantly strengthened. The range of sites that can be targeted was expanded to include services that have the “primary effect” of facilitating or engaging in copyright infringement. Previously to be blocked a site needed to have as its “primary purpose” facilitating or engaging in online piracy.

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