Foxtel adds 128 more tor­rent and stream­ing sites to hit list

AUSSIE PAY-TV GI­ANT NOT PLAY­ING GAMES WITH PI­RATES.

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AF­TER HAV­ING SUC­CESS­FULLY lob­bied to have all ma­jor Aus­tralian ISPs to block ac­cess to se­lected piracy sites back in De­cem­ber 2016 (specifically The Pi­rate Bay, Tor­rentz, Tor­ren­tHound, IsoHunt and So­larMovie), Foxtel and other lo­cal movie and TV right­sh­old­ers have been adding dozens of ad­di­tional sites to their list of claimed in­fringers.

But as of Au­gust, the pay TV com­pany has taken aim at an even big­ger swathe of sites, tar­get­ing an­other 128 do­mains it says are linked to piracy. Some of the sites in the crosshairs in­clude Put­locker, Watch TV Se­ries, 1337x, Car­toonHD, YesMovies, Watch Episodes and many more, in­clud­ing se­condary mir­rors and prox­ies of those key sites.

The tim­ing of this most re­cent court hear­ing lines up quite neatly with Foxtel’s air­ing of the lat­est sea­son of Game of Thrones, a show the pre­sid­ing judge Jus­tice Bur­ley con­fesses to be a fan of.

A good por­tion of the tar­geted do­mains are stream­ing sites, rather than the more tra­di­tional tor­rent ag­gre­ga­tors. Jus­tice Bur­ley has de­scribed the some­what fu­tile at­tempts at block­ing these sites along with their af­fil­i­ated do­mains as some­thing like “whack-a-mole”.

[ HARRY DOMANSKI ]

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