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Copyright Holders Seek More Power To Block Pirate Web Sites

Copyright Holders Seek More Power To Block Pirate Web Sites

Movie, TV and music copyright holders are back in court seeking an order under the Government’s Web site-locking laws that will allow them to crack down harder on illegal file-sharing sites. At a hearing in Sydney on Friday, Village Roadshow and Foxtel asked the court to give them the power to apply to the Federal Court for an order to have a block on known piracy-related Web sites automatically extended to alternative sites set up by the pirates.

Richard Lancaster SC, representing Foxtel, asked the court to approve a site-blocking order system which would allow rights holders to extend blocks if they discover a new pathway to the file-sharing Web site without having to go back to court.

He said Internet service providers like Telstra, Optus and TPG wanted a “more elaborate process” which would result in additional costs, delays and inefficiency in complying with the injunction.

The court has yet to rule on his application.

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