TVB wins site-blocking case in Australia

(20 September 2018) Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) today won a landmark copyright infringement case in getting the Federal Court of Australia to order internet service providers (ISPs) in Australia to block illegal set-top boxes.

ISPs including Telstra, Optus, Vocus and TPG must within 15 days take steps to block illicit set-top streaming boxes for viewing TVB’s television broadcasts in Australia. TVB Anywhere is the sole legitimate set-top box in Australia carrying TVB contents.

Justice J Nicholas said in his judgment that the primary purpose of the illicit streaming set-top boxes was to facilitate the infringement of copyright by making such material available in Australia without the consent of the copyright owners. He said many people who used the illicit streaming devices to view TVB broadcasts did not appreciate that they were infringing copyright when doing so.

This was another successful effort taken by TVB to combat overseas copyright-infringing activities. In December 2015, the United States District Court for the Central District of California ruled that TVpad had to compensate TVB for infringement of copyright. TVpad eventually closed down globally.

“Actions are being taken by TVB in Singapore and other overseas markets to block piracy websites. We will keep in contact with the Hong Kong government to push similar site-blocking in Hong Kong,” a TVB spokesman said.

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