Website blocking software installed within Sydney's Federal Court brought proceedings in a landmark case between Hollywood film studios and ISP iiNet to a halt today.
A barrister for the film industry was attempting a technical demonstration of the Pirate Bay website, part of an ongoing effort to prove the ISP's culpability in the actions of its subscribers.
The demonstration was the final piece in a marathon cross-examination of ISP iiNet chief executive Michael Malone, which will now move into its fourth day - albeit only for around "20 minutes", according to the film industry's lead barrister Tony Bannon.
Upon Bannon proposing the demonstration before the Court, presiding Justice Cowdroy told the barrister that he expected such a demonstration would work.
"We think it's alright," Justice Cowdroy said. "We don't think it's blocked.
"We'll have to check".
Court officials then used a laptop to test whether or not that was the case.
"It is blocked I'm afraid, Mr Bannon," came back the response from Justice Cowdroy.
"It can be unblocked for tomorrow I'm told."
Following Malone's cross-examination - and any re-examination by iiNet's senior counsel Richard Cobden - iiNet's chief regulatory officer Steve Dalby is scheduled to next face cross-examination.
The ISP's chief financial officer David Buckingham was also expected to be cross-examined this week.
But iiNet's expert technical witness, Michael Caloyannides, a senior scientist at Northrop Grumman in the U.S., will not take the witness stand.
Instead, Justice Cowdroy was expected to hear the Internet Industry Association's (IIA) application to contribute to proceedings as a "friend of the court".
The case continues. You can follow the case in-full here. For a background on the case, click here.