Australian Music Industry Hauls Piracy Sites to Court

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Leading Australian music companies–Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, along with the trade body, APRA AMCOS have approached the Australian Government to block Kickass Torrents from Australian users. They are seeking stern action against piracy under the newly passed anti-piracy laws.

The industry players have already moved an application in this connection, reports Gizmodo. Recently, Australia added more claws to the anti-piracy legislation and allowed content rights owners to block websites that encourage piracy.

“These sites do nothing but exploit the creativity of others and give nothing back to the artists, songwriters, record labels and music publishers whose music is stolen and made available on them, as they make millions of dollars from the advertising which appears on them,” APRA AMCOS said in a statement.

Jenny Morris, Chair of the APRA Board, said blocking access to errant sites like Kickass Torrents will be a gesture at supporting those writers whose songs are stuck in piracy sites.  It can also be a way of making these songs pay for the writers’ hard work.

“Australian fans already have access — for free if they choose — to the world’s repertoire of music via more than 20 legitimate licensed online songs services,” she said.

In March, the law was applied for blocking Pirate Bay, SolarMovie, Torrentz, TorrentHound and IsoHunt websites following a request from Foxtel and Village Roadshow. The case will come before the court on May 6.

Meanwhile, reports said Australian music industry is on a revival path and is tasting growth for the first time since 2012. Digital revenues are more than two-thirds of sales and streaming services such as Spotify have doubled their contribution.

Hailing the positive signals, Australian Recording Industry Association chief executive Dan Rosen said: “It will be small growth, but it is moving in the right direction. Overall revenues are trending up.”

Phenomenal sales of albums have also been reported. They include Australian punk-pop band’s 5 Seconds of Summer that made to the No. 1 the United States, British and Australian charts, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

Singer-songwriter Vance Joy was amazed by the 4 million global sales for his single Riptide and 300 million streams on Spotify. Among the Australian acts that topped the ARIA album charts included Perth’s Tame Impala.

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