Village Roadshow to Sue Hundreds of Australians for Piracy

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Australia’s largest film producer, Village Roadshow, is targeting 42 overseas websites for copyright infringement of movies and TV shows.

The Federal Court of Australia has ordered Telstra, Optus, iPrimus and a host of other internet providers to block access to 42 websites located outside Australia over the next few days. The websites are accused of hosting unauthorized copies of movies such as Spider-Man 2, Jurassic World, The Lego Movie, Cinderella, as well as the TV show, Shameless. This sites are 123Movies, WatchFree, WatchSeries and MegaShare, and clone sites.

Video Roadshow does not intend to stop at closing the infringing sites. Financial Review reports that Village Roadshow, will file copyright infringement lawsuits later this year on “hundreds” of viewers who pirate shows. The lawsuit is part of a multi-pronged, industry-wide campaign and it will include trying to get Google to “do the right thing” by copyright owners and stop indexing pirated content.

Sequel to the amendment to the Copyright Act that was passed by the Australian Parliament in 2015, allowing copyright owners to force ISPs to block piracy websites, Village Roadshow was able to sue a number of ISPs in March of this year leading to the blocking of popular BitTorrent index site The Pirate Bay.

The Chairman of Creative Content Australia, Graham Burke, who is also the co-executive chairman and co-chief executive of Village Roadshow said that its time to start suing individual’s viewers since blocking of illegal downloading site has not proven effective as new sites with similar proxies keep spring up.

“We will identify people who are stealing our product, we will ask them do they have ill health or dire circumstances, and if they do and undertake to stop, we’ll drop the case. Otherwise Village will “pursue them vigorously and sue for damages”. “We will be looking for damages commensurate with what they’ve done. We’ll be saying ‘You’ve downloaded our Mad Max: Fury Road, our Red Dog, and we want $40 for the four movies plus $200 in costs.'”

He added that Village Roadshow shall pursue after them and sue them for damages.

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