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More Pirate Video Sites Blocked: Bipartisan Backing Seen As Key

Almost 1000 pirate Web sites have now been successfully blocked in Australia, according to Graham Burke, chief executive of major movie house Village Roadshow. This follows an order by the Federal Court to block access to 76 offending Web sites that had previously been accessible by Australians.

In a Federal Court hearing, Justice John Nicholas ordered Telstra, Optus, TPG, Vodafone Hutchison Australia and – yes – Vocus to block the 76 domains, including Torrentking, Toonova and Solarmoviex.

“This is another big win. We have taken significant steps forward in the fight against piracy,” said Burke, commenting on the Federal Court decision.

He added: “Almost 1000 pirate Web sites and domains have now been blocked in Australia and we expect this list to continue to grow as we expand the efforts to shut down smaller and emerging sites.

As each new court order is obtained, we provide that information to Google, which then delists those sites from its search results.”

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