What you need to know about Australia’s new site-blocking law

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In bad news for Aussie pirates, the government’s site blocking bill became law Monday after a marathon hearing in the senate.

Despite the best efforts of two senators, Greens Sen. Scott Ludlam and Liberal Democrats Sen. David Leyonhjelm, the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill passed after the Labor and Liberal Parties joined forces to support the law.

The bill, which aims to block Australian access to foreign websites that facilitate copyright infringement, has been roundly criticised by consumer advocates and Internet companies such as Google, after it was introduced in March. On Monday, Ludlum called the bill “lazy and dangerous.” Read more…

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