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Pirate laws passed


NEW laws banning the illegal downloads of hit TV shows such as Game of Thrones have passed federal parliament.

The legislatio­n will target free file-sharing websites such as The Pirate Bay by giving movie or TV rights holders the power to seek Federal Court relief against pirates.

It gives power to a judge to direct internet service providers such as Bigpond or TPG to block Australian access to overseas file sharing websites which are deemed as having a “primary purpose” of infringing copyright.

Australian TV networks and film distributo­rs, who are fighting online piracy in record numbers, had lobbied the Government for the changes.

The Bill was passed yesterday with Labor’s support 37 votes to 13 votes, despite strong opposition from the Greens and crossbench senators David Leyonhjelm, Glen Lazarus and Ricky Muir.

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