A US Court has issued a permanent injunction in 3 related cases requiring ISPs across the US to block access to various online streaming sites.
As first reported by TorrentFreak, this groundbreaking case is the first of its kind that we have seen in the United States.
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A US court has issued a ruling that will require all Internet Service Providers in the US to block access to three pirate streaming sites.
The sites include:
This comes after numerous film companies joined forces to file copyright infringement lawsuits against these websites.
The lawsuits alleged the sites listed above illegally broadcast streams for copyrighted content without permission.
The movie companies demanded $150,000 in statutory damages for every copyrighted film and the prevention of any films in the future.
A US Court agreed with the plaintiffs and granted default judgments for all 3 cases ordering the website operators to each pay $7.65 million in damages.
However, this was not the only loss the defendants suffered in this lawsuit.
The site operators have also been banned from operating these pirate websites and any other sites in the future.
The judgment also featured one more substantial requirement we have not seen in the past that had nothing to do with the owners of these streaming sites.
It included a court order for US ISPs to block their users from connecting to these domains.
All ISPs…and any other ISPs providing services in the United States shall block access to the Website at any domain address known today…or to be used in the future by the Defendants…by any technological means available on the ISPs’ systems.
This means that every Internet Service Provider in the US must block access to the aforementioned websites for all internet users.
While we have seen similar situations in the past, this is the first court order of its kind that we have seen occur in the United States.
The ruling included a detailed list of nearly 100 ISPs that will now be required to block the sites mentioned in the lawsuit.
This default judgment may prove to be substantial for possible court hearings and rulings in the future.
You can find the official court documents for this judgment using the links below.
What Does This Mean for the Future? – Troy’s Take
Because we have not seen a similar court ruling for ISPs like this in the past, it is unclear exactly what to expect in the coming years.
Whether or not Internet Service Providers will challenge this ruling is yet to be seen.
However, it is important to note the magnitude of this judgment and what it may mean for the future.
Site blocking for the sites listed above leaves the door open for other sites to potentially face the same fate.
Users can always connect to a VPN to alter their IP Addresses to a different country and access sites and content that may be blocked in their region.
This will also encrypt your connection making you and your internet traffic completely anonymous.
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