There was much confusion in the Federal Court last week over how to interpret piracy legislation passed just over a year ago.

According to reports from the two-day court hearing in the Foxtel/Village Roadshow case -- seeking to get streaming sites and several overseas torrent websites, including The Pirate Bay, blocked by Australian internet service providers -- there was much disagreement between the film studios and the internet service providers about what exactly an "online location" is.

The rights holders would prefer the "online location" to point to a specific piece of infringing material rather than an IP address or URL, so that multiple instances of the infringement online (various servers of the same website and other versions of it) can all be blocked at once, rather than just one IP address or URL. This would allow the courts to effectively allow "rolling injunctions" to be placed on internet service providers so that in the constant game of whack-a-mole that is battling online piracy, whenever a new site pops up containing the pirated content, the rights holders can order the ISPs to add that new location to the list of blocked pages.