A pivotal case in Australian federal court ordered internet providers in the country to block websites providing all the torrenting, a file-sharing system where the file is shared by multiple sources instead of one. That covers sites like Pirate Bay, TorrentHound, Torrentz, Solar Movie and IsoHunt.
2. The Bill That Is Breaking Down The Torrent Sites
Some critics say there’s an underhanded reason those particular parties supported the bill. Village Roadshow donated a total of $500,000 divided between the two political parties behind the bill in 2013.
Internet groups recommended caution to the Australian government with the bill. It can affect ISPs with yearly costs of $130,000-plus per year from the blocking of sites. They said while they supported the bill, it can make a lot of collateral damage if not used correctly.
However, many people use virtual private networks, or VPNs, that can switch your network to another one (so one from Sydney can look like one from San Francisco). People use VPNs to get past geoblocked sites like Hulu to watch shows. But the government has said that VPNs that are used to help people for anonymous browsing won’t be affected by the bill.
But they’re coming after VPNs as well. The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 may soon consider using a VPN to get past a geoblock as a form a copyright infringement as well. The status of VPNs is in a gray area because the purpose of the service isn’t directly made for copyright infringement.
12. But You Can Still Take The Bootlegs And Make Money
The blocking law might help in keeping people from going after overseas media, and it might work. But in the long term, this might have serious economic and technological consequences on Australia that will help the film and TV industry (which is mostly US-based). It might be worth thinking which is more important.