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Foxtel targets 15 piracy websites

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Foxtel has brought another piracy site-blocking case to the Federal Court of Australia, this time targeting 15 online locations involving around 27 domain names to be blocked by internet service providers.

Counsel for Foxtel confirmed to Justice Nicholas during a case-management hearing on Friday morning that all are "conventional" piracy websites involving torrents and streaming, which are alleged to facilitate the infringement of copyright.

"No novel technology here," she confirmed, explaining that it's all piracy technology the court has dealt with before.

Counsel for Foxtel said that with so many previous site-blocking cases, the aim is now to "try and streamline this process a little further, both from the point of view of costs for the applicant and efficiency for the court".

One such way in which she suggested this could be done was by not involving evidence from an expert, and no live demonstrations of the websites during the hearing.

"If there is no challenge and no other party that desires to be heard ... Your Honour might consider dealing with the matter on papers," counsel also suggested.

Nicholas J said there would need to be at least a "very short" hearing, with no live demos but with screenshots and videos of the websites as evidence.

No ISPs showed up for the case-management hearing on Friday, after last year establishing the procedure of not being present[1] during piracy site-blocking trials.

Two other piracy site-blocking cases currently facing the Federal Court have been brought by Roadshow[2] and the world's largest producers of Chinese media content, TVBO Productions and Television Broadcasts (TVB).

The TVBO/TVB[3] and Roadshow[4] cases began proceedings in December 2017, with both involving slightly different technologies for the

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