Netflix, Disney, Columbia, Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros., and Village Roadshow have obtained a new pirate site-blocking injunction in Australia. The Federal Court order currently targets 22 sites and 36 domains but is intentionally flexible to deal with any pirate countermeasures. The notable aspect is how quickly the injunction was obtained; just 35 days from start to finish.
Few countries welcomed pirate site blocking measures as they spread across the world over the past 15 years. Australian citizens were as vocal in opposition as expected but in common with their overseas counterparts, eventually accepted that blocking is here to stay.
The Australian government recently released the 2022 edition of its Consumer Survey on Online Copyright Infringement. According to the study, 17% of Aussie consumers encountered a blocked site in the previous three months.
Six out of ten “simply gave up” trying to access any content at all,…