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Music firms want KickassTorrents blocked

Written by James Delahunty @ 19 Apr 2016 3:17 User comments (4)

Music firms want KickassTorrents blocked

Music firms in Australia are appealing to the Federal Court to enforce a blockade against KickassTorrents, one of the most popular torrent websites in the world.
Legislation enacted in the region last summer allows copyright holders to appeal to the Federal Court to order to the blocking of infringing websites at the ISP level. This move is being made by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and Australasian collecting society APRA AMCOS, demanding that KickassTorrents be blocked in the country.

Among the member labels cited are the usual suspects, including Universal, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and so on.

"Online infringement continues to be a major threat to the sustainability of the Australian music industry. Illegal offshore sites like Kickass Torrents show a complete disrespect for music creators and the value of music," said Jenny Morris OAM, Chair of the APRA Board.

"Australian music fans already have access for free if they choose to the world's repertoire of music via more than 20 legitimate licensed online music services. Blocking access to sites like Kickass Torrents is all about supporting those services and allowing the writers whose songs are available on them to be paid for their work."



Additionally, the music firms want proxy sites that provide access to such services also be blocked.

Source: TorrentFreak

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4 user comments

119.4.2016 14:43

LMAO ! i think that about covers it.

220.4.2016 16:28

"Illegal offshore sites like Kickass Torrents"

I knew it! This is precisely why I use them. Good luck blocking from an ENTIRE CONTINENT/COUNTRY!

Never gonna happen and the means of circumvention will be rampant.

321.4.2016 02:15

ok so your pissed off about them pirating music but yet you don't go after youtube when people in your country download youtube videos and music from youtube on a constant bases which i find is insane also why would someone pay for a dumbed down censored by the government version of a song when they can get it for free and worse still no one in your country wants to spend 20.00 u.s for a album

422.4.2016 00:25

Some delusions are global.

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