Copyright holders are increasingly demanding that ISPs should block access to pirate sites in order to protect their business.
This is also the case in Australia, where blocking injunctions became commonplace in recent years.
Thus far, hundreds of sites have already been blocked. This includes many well-known players including The Pirate Bay, YTS, RARBG, Fmovies, and Flixtor.
More Blockades Incoming
Last week, Netflix, Village Roadshow, and several Hollywood film studios filed a new site blocking request, their second blocking demand this year. The case lists all major Australian ISPs as defendants but the targeted domains have yet to be published publicly.
The Australian reports that the copyright holders identified 52 new pirate sites in their most recent push. The names of the sites aren’t mentioned but based on the five previous blocking lawsuits, it’s likely a mix of torrent, streaming, and linking portals.
It generally takes a few months for Australia’s Federal Court to hand down a decision. However, no major complications are expected as local ISPs generally don’t object. In the meantime, copyright holders are not sitting still.
‘Dynamic’ Blocking Amendments
In addition to obtaining new blocking orders, Netflix, Disney, and the other rightsholders actively expand existing blockades. Just last week, the Federal Court granted an expansion to an injunction it handed down earlier this year.
The new order adds 18 new domain names, including Primewire.mx, Moviesjoy.sc, 123moviess.se, and Putlocker.vc. These new domains are all related to previously blocked sites, through their use of a similar domain name, for example.
The original order clarifies that these extensions can be used to target additional sites that appear to be “associated with any of the Target Online Locations (based on its name, branding or the identity of its operator) and making available online the same or substantially the same content…”
These “dynamic” injunctions help the rightsholders to swiftly update blocklists. After an amendment is granted by the court, the domain names have to be blocked for a period of three years, which can be extended if needed.
Last week’s blocking expansion is not the first this year. In July, the movie companies previously requested an update to a December 2021 blocking order, adding 45 new domain names. These include quite a few 123movies variants, such as 123-movies.fun, 123movie.sh, and 123movies.day.
A full list of the domain names added in the two recent blocking expansions is available below.
– 123moviesc.cyou h