Court backs Netflix effort to stamp-out illicit Stranger Things streaming
- 20 August, 2019 11:53
A group of entertainment companies including Netflix’s production arm, Netflix Studios, has successfully obtained a court injunction directing Telstra, Optus, Vocus, TPG and Vodafone to block their broadband customers from accessing almost 100 sites.
The application, filed by the group in mid-May, states that the blocked sites offer illicit streaming or download services, or “identify other online locations... by a process known as ‘linking’”.
Among the copyright works cited as being made available by the sites are episodes of Netflix’s Stranger Things and Santa Clarita Diet.
The application for a site-blocking injunction was led by Village Roadshow, and along with Netflix was backed by Hong Kong’s Television Broadcasts Limited, Australia’s Madman Anime Group, and a group of US movie studios: Disney, Paramount, Columbia, Universal, and Warner Bros.
The group appeared in court yesterday for a hearing that resulted in a same day judgement by Justice Thawley, granting the injunction.
In June, another Roadshow-led site-blocking effort was successful.
Earlier this month a group of TV show distributors withdrew their application to block online services associated with the Reelplay set-top box.
The online location set to be blocked as a result of yesterday’s judgement are:
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