Federal Court orders fresh batch of pirate sites blocked

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 18-Jun-19

Village Roadshow CEO Graham Burke has described a Federal Court ruling that 76 copyright infringing websites be blocked by telcos as a victory for both Village Roadshow and the broader Australian film community. Site-blocking laws aimed at stamping out copyright piracy were passed in 2015, and Burke notes that almost 1,000 pirate websites and domains have now been blocked. He also notes Australians are now backing the push against piracy, with research indicating that three out of four people view it as theft.

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VILLAGE ROADSHOW LIMITED – ASX VRL, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, VOCUS GROUP LIMITED – ASX VOC

New piracy laws plug illegal download loophole

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 6 : 19-Oct-18

The federal government will seek to expand the list of websites that can be blocked by ISPs for featuring pirated content such as films and TV shows. The proposed legislation will also enable copyright holders to seek a court order requiring companies such as Google to remove sites that feature pirated content from their search results. The move has been welcomed by industry players such as Foxtel, Free TV Australia and Village Roadshow.

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FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, FREE TV AUSTRALIA LIMITED, VILLAGE ROADSHOW LIMITED – ASX VRL, CREATIVE CONTENT AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTORS’ ASSOCIATION, AUSTRALIAN SCREEN ASSOCIATION LIMITED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, SEVEN NETWORK LIMITED, NINE NETWORK AUSTRALIA LIMITED, TEN NETWORK HOLDINGS LIMITED, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

Ruling puts Australian courts on the front line of global online TV piracy war

Original article by Andrew Colley
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 29-May-18

Australian telcos have been ordered to block access to 16 internet addresses that allow consumers to access pirated versions of subscription TV channels. The Federal Court issued an injunction in late April requiring the telcos to block access to the servers, which are primarily based in the Netherlands. The injunction had been sought by Village Roadshow and six Hollywood studios, and followed a prior decision of the Federal Court to block access to a range of websites that feature pirated video content.

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FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, VILLAGE ROADSHOW LIMITED – ASX VRL, AUSTRALIAN SCREEN ASSOCIATION LIMITED, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, FETCHTV PTY LTD, SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE, TELEVISION BROADCASTS LIMITED, FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS, CREATIVE CONTENT AUSTRALIA, BEIN SPORTS

Piracy crackdown pays dividends

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 26 : 20-Nov-17

A record percentage of Australians agree with the sentiment that online film and television piracy is a crime, according to a survey by Creative Content Australia. CCA also found that an unchanged 21 per cent of adults admitted they had committed some form of online piracy. Village Roadshow co-CEO Graham Burke says that Google could be doing a lot more to curtail illegal downloads.

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CREATIVE CONTENT AUSTRALIA, VILLAGE ROADSHOW LIMITED – ASX VRL, GOOGLE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, FOXTEL COMMERCIAL PRODUCTIONS, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

Village to sue hundreds of Aussies for piracy

Original article by John Davidson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 21-Aug-17

Village Roadshow intends to pursue legal action against Australians who download illegal copies of films and TV shows. Co-CEO Graham Burke says the film producer will only seek to recover the loss of revenue as a result of the piracy, as well as costs, rather than the huge damages payouts that had been initially been awarded for copyright violation in the US. The Federal Court recently ruled that local ISPs must block access to an additional 42 websites that provide access to pirated content.

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VILLAGE ROADSHOW LIMITED – ASX VRL, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, CREATIVE CONTENT AUSTRALIA, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, IPRIMUS

Networks put gloves on against illegal streaming

Original article by Mitchell Bingemann
The Australian – Page: 23 : 13-Feb-17

Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh says the pay-TV group is collaborating with Facebook on the development of software that can detect unauthorised live streams on the social media platform. The tool is being created in the wake of the boxing match between Anthony Mundine and Danny Green. Foxtel had broadcast the match on a pay-per-view basis, but it was illegally streamed via several Facebook accounts. Foxtel has agreed to accept a public apology from those responsible rather than pursue legal action.

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FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED

Foxtel, Village’s landmark win to block pirates

Original article by Jake Mitchell, David Swan
The Australian – Page: 19 & 22 : 16-Dec-16

The Federal Court of Australia has ruled that ISP must block access to five illegal file-sharing websites within 15 days. Foxtel and Village Roadshow had launched separate legal proceedings in a bid to combat the pirating of films and TV shows. Village Roadshow’s joint CEO Graham Burke has welcomed the judgment, arguing that the local film and TV production industry would collapse if action is not taken against such websites. Foxtel and Village Roadshow will have to pay the ISPs’ costs for blocking the infringing sites.

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FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, VILLAGE ROADSHOW LIMITED – ASX VRL, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, TPG TELECOM LIMITED – ASX TPM, IINET LIMITED, M2 GROUP LIMITED, 21ST CENTURY FOX INCORPORATED, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, WARNER BROS, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, ASHURST AUSTRALIA

Pirates in the line of fire as Village boss goes on warpath

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 25 : 10-Oct-16

Village Roadshow MD Graham Burke has vowed to crack down on people who download illegal copies of movies. Burke will address the issue in a speech at the annual Australian International Movie Convention, in which he will highlight the impact of piracy on the local film industry. Burke notes that although the advent of subscription video-on-demand services has reduced the level of piracy among Australian adults, there has been big growth in piracy among the 12-17 age group.

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VILLAGE ROADSHOW LIMITED – ASX VRL, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD

Roadshow, Foxtel in battle against piracy

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 19-Feb-16

Australian-listed Village Roadshow and a group of Hollywood studios want local ISPs to block access to a file-sharing website called SolarMovie. They will pursue action in the Federal Court under the Copyright Amendment (online infringement) Act. Pay-TV group Foxtel is also relying on the statute in a bid to block access to websites that allow people to download pirated copies of its TV shows.

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VILLAGE ROADSHOW LIMITED – ASX VRL, FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, DISNEY STUDIOS, 21ST CENTURY FOX INCORPORATED, WARNER BROS, PARAMOUNT STUDIOS, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, TPG TELECOM LIMITED – ASX TPM, DODO INTERNET PTY LTD, PRESTO ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, NINE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX NEC, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, SCREEN PRODUCERS AUSTRALIA, COMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE LIMITED

iiNet must reveal downloaders’ IDs

Original article by Marianna Papadakis, David Ramli, Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 8-Apr-15

The Federal Court of Australia has upheld a bid to obtain the identities of people who allegedly downloaded illegal copies of a US film. Dallas Buyers Club LLC took legal action against several ISP to obtain the names and residential addresses of Australians associated with more than 4,700 IP addresses that were used to download "Dallas Buyers Club". The ruling affects iiNet, Dodo, Adam Internet, Amnet and Internode

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FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, IINET LIMITED – ASX IIN, DODO INTERNET PTY LTD, ADAM INTERNET PTY LTD, AMNET LIMITED, INTERNODE SYSTEMS PTY LTD, M2 GROUP LIMITED – ASX MTU, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB LLC, VOLTAGE PICTURES LLC, COMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE LIMITED, HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA