Internet providers told to block piracy

Internet providers have been ordered by the Federal Court to block access to several sites offering illegal movie streaming and file sharing.

Justice John Nicholas has ordered providers including Telstra, TPG, Optus and iiNet to take reasonable steps to disable access to the likes of The Pirate Bay, while Foxtel and film distributor Village Roadshow will have to pay the cost of blocking the sites.

The internet providers have 15 days to act on the judgement.

Village Roadshow and Foxtel launched the legal action in February in an attempt to make use of new piracy laws.

“Piracy does great damage to Australia’s content creating industries and we were delighted that the government and parliament recognised this by passing these new legislative provisions last year,” Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh said in a statement.

“This judgement is a major step in both directly combating piracy and educating the public that accessing content through these sites is not OK – in fact it is theft.”

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