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Australian court orders block on piracy websites

Australia's Federal Court sided with pay TV provider Foxtel and media company Village Roadshow Ltd. in its ruling to block more than 60 websites that provide pirated content, Reuters reported Dec. 15.

Internet service providers in Australia including Telstra Corp. Ltd., Singtel Optus Pty. Ltd and TPG Telecom Ltd. have 15 days to comply with the ruling.

They will be required to redirect users trying to connect to a pirate site to a webpage created by movie studios, according to a Dec. 16 report by The Sydney Morning Herald.

Movie studios involved in the case included Roadshow Films, Columbia Pictures, Walt Disney Co.'s Disney Studios, Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures Corp. and 21st Century Fox Inc.'s 20th Century Fox.