Australia’s music industry wants KickassTorrents to be kept at bay by local internet service providers.
With the help of last year’s amendments to the Copyright Act, the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has declared to take legal action in the Federal Court against the site.
Amendments in Section 115A of the Act allow a right to put an embargo on allegedly infringing sites. On Monday, some of the country’s largest record companies announced that they are planning to have the site KickassTorrents and proxy sites blacklisted in Australia.
These record labels include Universal Music Australia, Warner Music Australia and SonyMusic Entertainment Australia.
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In a joint statement released by the Australian Recording Industry Association, sites such as KickassTorrents were accused making a lot of money, almost “millions of dollars,” from advertising.
The joint statement has also accused the site of doing nothing but exploiting the creativity of artists.
“Illegal offshore sites like KickassTorrents show a complete disrespect for music creators and the value of music.” Jenny Morris, chair of the APRA Board, said in the statement.
The statement also said that blocking the availability of sites like KickassTorrents is all about supporting other services that allow writer to get paid for their work.
The Internet Industry Association has issued its boilerplate to pacify by expressing sympathy for creatives. It has also emphasised that it doesn’t believe that blocking the sites would work.
According to them, education must be encouraged to address piracy, says The Register.
This is not the first time that the site-blocking law is used in Australia. It is being considered the music industry’s first big step.
In early 2016, Roadshow Films and cable TV network Foxtel declared that they would be planning to have a set of websites blocked in Australia. These sites included Pirate Bay, Torrentz, TorrentHound and IsoHunt.
According to Mashable, if the film and television studios get their success in May, then Universal, Warner and Sony could smoothly fulfill their agenda to blacklist KickassTorrents.