It’s that time of the year again. Torrenting sites are facing the heat. What started with the arrest of Kickass torrent chief Artem Vaulin in Poland has continued even to this day. Several torrenting sites have died a mysterious death, including Torrentz.eu which mysteriously announced “farewell” to millions of users. The Pirate Bay and several other torrenting sites have been under threat ever since the crackdown began. Foxtel – the Australian pay television company, operating a duopoly in cable television, monopoly in direct broadcast satellite television and IPTV catch-up services – is planning to put an end to several torrenting sites.
Foxtel to block 17 more torrenting sites
Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have successfully blocked Kickass Torrents, The Pirate Bay, Isohunt, Torrentz and Torrent Hound. Foxtel is now planning to put an end to 17 more torrenting sites. According to reports, Foxtel is seeking Federal Court orders to completely block 17 torrenting sites.
The torrenting sites being targeted by Foxtel are – YesMovies, Vumoo, LosMovies, CartoonHD, Putlocker, WatchSeries 1, Watch Series 2, Project Free TV 1, Project Free TV 2, Watch Episodes, Watch Episode Series, Watch TV Series, The Dare Telly, Putlocker9.is, Putlocker9.to, Torlock and 1337x. The company wants 127 key URLS blocked by ISPs Optus, Telstra, TPG and Vocus.
Foxtel had filed its application for the site-blocking injunction in May this year. A hearing was held in Sydney recently and the company is directly seeking orders to block 17 torrenting sites, which it sees as violating copyright acts. The upcoming hearing is scheduled for August 8. If Foxtel wins the case, ISPs will have about 15 days to comply with court’s order.