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Website Blocking Injunctions: Lessons from the UK and EU

  • Melbourne Law School, Room 920 (Level 9) 185 Pelham Street Carlton, VIC, 3053 Australia (map)

As Australian courts begin to apply s 115A of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), it is timely to consider the experience of the English and European courts in relation to website blocking injunctions.
This presentation by Dr Jaani Riordan will consider the evolution of blocking remedies in the European Union, including:

  • emerging practices in relation to jurisdiction, discretion, costs, and safeguards;
  • the extension of blocking remedies to new categories of wrongdoing under the courts’ inherent jurisdiction;
  • the new phenomenon of ‘live’ blocking orders which target infringing transmissions of live sports broadcasts; and
  • practice and procedure in blocking applications.

Dr Jaani Riordan is a barrister at specialist intellectual property chambers 8 New Square in London, and has appeared in major blocking cases including Cartier International AG v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 658 and Football Association Premier League Ltd v British Telecommunications plc [2017] EWHC 480 (Ch).  He is the author ofThe Liability of Internet Intermediaries (OUP, 2016).