Kick Ass Torrents sites blocked in Australia after request from music giants

Following on from the orders for Australian ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay in December, Kickass Torrents will be blocked across Australia by the end of May under orders made by the Federal Court.

The orders came at the request of music labels Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music, collecting society Australasian Performing Right Association and others.

Twenty internet service providers, including TPG, Telstra and Optus have been given 15 days to take reasonable steps to block the sites.

Justice Burley was satisfied the primary purpose of the Kick Ass Torrent site “is to infringe or to facilitate the infringement of copyright”.

But how effective these orders will be remains to be seen as the multi-headed hydra of online piracy presents rights owners and ISPs with the challenge of playing whack-a-mole to make sure all domains offering infringing content are blocked (as seen in the case of The Pirate Bay).

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UK search engines pledge to make it hard for internet users to find pirated films and music and illegally streamed sport.

Google and Microsoft’s Bing have signed up to a voluntary code of practice and will ensure offending websites are demoted in their search results.

The entertainment industry reached the agreement with the tech giants after talks brokered by the government.

The initiative will run in parallel with existing anti-piracy measures.

The code – said to be the first of its type in the world – is expected to be in operation by the Northern Hemisphere summer.

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