The Federal Court of Australia has ordered all the ISPs in the country to block all peer-to-peer file-sharing sites. The court was acting on an application that copyright holders in the country presented to it. Many companies that hold the copyright of content in Australia asked the court to order ISP providers to block all sites that allow users to download content illegally. Here are three important things from the development that you should know.
ISPs will comply
All ISPs in the country are willing to comply with the new regulations. For the ISPs, blocking sites that individuals use to download content will be a step in the right direction in the fight against online piracy. Given that the new regulations require service providers to take all the necessary measures to ensure that people do not access the sites within Australia, the providers will only block the sites. Also, copyright holders are in support of this action, terming it the best thing that ISPs can do to safeguard copyrights.
The action amounts to censorship
It is clear that the implementation of the new regulations amounts to censorship. In general, censorship takes different forms. In some countries, governments are concerned about social media platforms. Such repressive regimes block all the social media platforms within their borders. In other cases, some states choose to regulate the kind of content that people can access.
It is common for some rules to filter pornographic content. In this case, the Australian government is attempting to block individuals from accessing specific sites. The law of whether it is legal or illegal to download content from such sites is grey. Therefore, it is clear that the action of the government amounts to censorship, in a sense.
People will use VPNs
It is highly likely that many people will bypass the new regulations by using commercial VPN services like hide.me. VPN services are available all over the world nowadays. Moreover, VPNs are quite affordable. Therefore, many people will use VPNs to hide their IP addresses and, in effect, defeat the new regulations. By using VPNs, individuals will still access all the file-sharing sites and download content, regardless of the new laws.