Foxtel and other rights holders are expected to launch court action to block piracy websites as soon as this week, Crikey can reveal.

In June last year, the government, with Labor support, passed legislation to allow rights holders like Foxtel to get a court order from the Federal Court to force Australian internet service providers to block overseas-based sites -- like Pirate Bay, EZTV, or Kickass Torrents -- that provide access to infringing copies of TV shows, music and films.