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Ruling puts Australian courts on the front line of global online TV piracy war

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue May 29, 2018 11:56 pm

Story : https://www.afr.com/technology/web/ruling-puts-aussie-courts-on-the-front-line-o





A landmark ruling in the New South Wales Federal Court has struck a blow for TV networks in a global battle against pirate pay TV operators, who have been undercutting them with internet-based subscription services.

The case, late last month, used 2016 national website blocking laws to grant Village Roadshow and six Hollywood studios an injunction against Telstra and 48 other carriers to block access to 16 internet addresses.

Unlike typical online piracy cases, the addresses were not torrent sites favoured by peer-to-peer file sharing enthusiasts, rather they provided online directions for servers digitally choreographing a well-funded, industrial-scale global pirate subscription TV operation.

Such operations can duplicate an entire legitimate subscription TV service and sell them at a fraction of the price to subscribers, many of whom have no idea the services are skirting the law.







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