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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Australian ISP Refused to Block Allegedly Infringing Website

Australian ISP Refused to Block Allegedly Infringing Website

Australian ISP Refused to Block Allegedly Infringing Website

Added: Monday, November 23rd, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
A small local ISP refused to block a site accused of infringing the copyrights of an Australian construction company. The company demanded a blockade under the new anti-piracy legislation in the country, but the Internet service provider thinks that it was just an attempt to bypass legislation that was already flawed.

Recently, the Australian government has enforced the law allowing to block foreign “pirate” websites at the ISP level. It went into effect earlier in 2015, but no websites have been blocked since then. Now the first sign that the situation may change soon is the case of a small Aussie broadband provider, which received its first threat.

Usually, such legislation is used against undoubtedly “notorious” services like The Pirate Bay and illegal streaming portals, but in our case the first blocking demand targeted a website operating in a different area: the local construction company sent a request to the ISP demanding to block access to the website of its competitor, claiming that the latter infringes their copyrights. The company insists that the Internet service provider was obliged to take action under copyright law, pointing out that it may seek to enforce a blockade under the new legislation, because the website is hosted abroad.

This demand is actually the first legal threat received by an Australian Internet service provider mentioning the new blocking law. The problem is that the ISP in question is not going to comply because the request is “overbroad” and the construction company has yet to obtain a court order before asking to block access. Besides, this case appears to apply to a trademark issue instead of a copyright violation.

Overall, the Internet service provider is not happy with the new website blocking law, since it will make it quite costly for smaller companies to defend themselves against dubious claims. Perhaps, this case will show how problematic the new law can become and reduce the number of abusive demands in the future.

This point of view is shared by Internet Australia, a non-profit group standing for the rights of Internet users and businesses. The outfit agrees that the risk is that websites will be blocked without having been tested at law. This is how innocent sites could suffer from malicious actions by competitors or aggrieved customers.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Comments (2) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-11-24 12:46:10)
analogkid6103 avatarThis law will be abused and misused as most others are. Just to let everyone know that Australia is just another Country of Laws not Men.
Just as is the rest of the world. Cause MPAA-RIIA and there trolls have been busy buying every poly slut in the World.
The real deal is still stuck in my mind: When Somalia Home of Real Pirates Drove Kat out for piracy.
Seriously now.
Nothing surprises me after that.

posted by (2015-11-25 10:46:47)
No avatarThey do not have to block it till a federal warrant is produced.

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