The Australian Federal Court ordered more than 20 Australian ISPs to block KAT across a number of domains.
Kickass Torrents which was taken down by the US govt last year, is in the spotlight again. It seems that Australia is also getting ready to bid a final goodbye to the website. Kickass Torrents will be blocked across all parts of Australia by the end of the month.
The Australian Federal Court ordered more than 20 Australian ISPs to block KAT across a number of domains. This is the result of a case that started back in May 2016, when music labels such as Sony, Warner Music and Universal stood against the well known torrent website.
The ISPs have 15 business days to take all the required measures to block the website from using DNS blocking. The order will be active for the next three years, meaning the users in Australia won’t be able to access Kickass Torrents until the order expires. There are chances that the music labels will extend the order after that.
One of the main issues that comes with this type of blockades is that the site can move at any time and can be accessed once it is restored. The order only covers a certain domain, and ISPs have to work to block that exact address. Since sites can easily change domains, especially torrent sites which are forced to do this more often than most, people can gain access quite easily.
The fight against these pirate websites seems to be an uphill battle with no real success. There are several proxy site alternatives available out there such as VPN solutions to bypass the blockade altogether.