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Anti-Piracy Group Steps Up Drive

An Australian association representing movie importers is stepping up its campaign to have pirate movie sites blocked, despite encountering legal difficulties in penalising Australian operators of piracy sites.

Village Roadshow and Hollywood Studios have been looking to penalise an outfit called SolarMovie. Foxtel is seeking ISP blocks on sites including The Pirate Bay, isoHunt and Torrentz, and the music industry is targeting KickassTorrents, a meeting called by the Australian Screen Association was told.

This is despite difficulties in enforcement of anti-piracy legislation on Australians supposedly involved saw US promoter of the movie Dallas Buyers Club earlier this year end its attempts to collect Down Under, while ISPs are reluctant to block sites unless the movie rights holders pick up the tab.

Despite the Australian difficulties, research presented to Tuesday’s Sydney meeting claimed that, in the UK, court orders requiring Britain’s largest ISPs to block 53 piracy sites, have reduced Internet traffic to the sites by 16 percent since November 2014.

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