Following a ruling by the Federal Court earlier this month, a number of torrent websites have been blocked by internet providers; a development that has caused quite a stir between content creators, copyright holders and consumers.
With an array of individuals and outlets flooding social media with reports on how to bypass the blocks to sites like The Pirate Bay, IsoHunt and SolarMovie, the company who instigated legal action against to have them blocked, Foxtel, has hit back at those continuing to access content through illegal means.
"We trust that Australians seeking to visit such sites will now recognise that what they are doing is wrong and that in the overwhelming majority of cases the content they are seeking is available legally, quickly, at reasonable prices and on any device they wish to use," a Foxtel spokesperson told The Music.
"There will always be a small group of people who do the wrong thing, but we are confident most people will show content creators the respect they deserve."
Foxtel also stated the Federal Court decision recognises torrent and other sites breaching copyright are "stealing other peoples' creative out puts, surrounding them with advertising and making them available against the wishes of the people who have invested the creativity and money to make them".
The site-blocking laws are the first to be approved in the country, with ARIA and APRA AMCOS currently embroiled in a case to have popular torrent site Kickass Torrents blocked.