Australia's largest internet service providers are battling to force film and television companies to pay for them to block websites hosting their pirated content.

Village Roadshow and Foxtel have taken Australia's largest ISPs, including Telstra, TPG and M2, to court to try to force them to block their customers from websites such as The Pirate BayIt is the first case of its kind since the government passed site-blocking legislation with Labor support late last year.