The Rights Stuff


Blocked pirate websites used 50 per cent less due to court orders

By Jennifer Duke —

In the past year there has been a 25 per cent drop in overall piracy in the year and a 53 per cent drop in the use of blocked sites, the Australian Site-Blocking Efficacy Report released on Wednesday by intellectual property solutions company Incopro shows.

One way copyright holders can stop pirate websites in Australia is by getting a court order for internet service providers to block a site.

In August, Foxtel and Village Roadshow had 59 pirate sites blocked by the Australian Federal Court using site-blocking laws.

Creative Content Australia chairman Graham Burke, who is also the co-executive chairman of Village Roadshow, said the laws were clear that piracy was “theft”.

Mr Burke is a 13 per cent shareholder in Village Roadshow. At its half yearly results he told shareholders getting rid of piracy would have an "upside" for the company.

“Site-blocking is one of the most powerful weapons in its armoury, it shuts the front door,” he said.

The government recently launched an inquiry into the effectiveness of site blocking.

While he was happy with the success so far of site blocking, he said it should not be the only focus in the “fight against piracy”.

“Site blocking is just one of the planks. It’s also about providing product at home in a timely and cost-effective way,” he said.