[NetBehaviour] The Pirate Bay to roll out secure EUR5 per month VPN service.

Yvonne Martinsson yvonne at freewheelin.nu
Wed Apr 1 20:34:49 CEST 2009

I'm neo-new to this list. Been here before, but left and am now back.

As I'm Swedish and have been able to follow the Pirate Bay trial, I'd like
to fill in here.

In fact, I'm very disappointed. Not about the trial, but about Pirate Bay.
As it turns out, the guy who has supported Pirate Bay financially, is a
millionaire and a (former) member of the organization Keep Sweden Swedish, a
neo-Nazi organization here. The others have had no income for years, have
high tax debts and are in general of the opinion that you don't have to
contribute to society. Hard to believe that they've had no income with lots
of advertising and loads of visitors. They're, in my view, nothing but
neo-liberal profit-seeking egos. Nothing else. No activism as far as I can
see. It makes me wonder about file-sharing and activism. Does it go without
saying that a site like Pirate Bay is 'good'? In any case, nothing is black
and white.



2009/3/28 marc garrett <marc.garrett at furtherfield.org>

> The Pirate Bay to roll out secure EUR5 per month VPN service.
> Those behind The Pirate Bay have introduced IPREDator, a VPN service
> aimed at keeping users anonymous and safe from being tracked by law
> enforcement. The service is slated for launch at the same time as the
> Swedish Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED),
> which will make it easier for content owners to directly target
> suspected copyright infringers with lawsuits.
> By Jacqui Cheng.
> The Pirate Bay is planning to launch a paid VPN service for users
> looking to cover their tracks when torrenting. The new service will be
> called IPREDator, named after the Swedish Intellectual Property Rights
> Enforcement Directive (IPRED) that will go into effect in April.
> IPREDator is currently in private beta and is expected to go public next
> week for EUR5 per month.
> IPREDator is clearly a response to the introduction of IPRED in Sweden,
> which will allow law enforcement and copyright holders to request the
> personal details of suspected infringers. The copyright holders will
> then be able to make direct contact with the accused users and
> presumably threaten them with lawsuits.
> If users connect to The Pirate Bay through something like Tor or VPN,
> however, they're less likely to be tracked. IPREDator's website says
> that it won't store any traffic data, as its entire goal is to help
> people stay anonymous on the web. Without any data to hand over,
> copyright owners won't be able to find individuals to target.
> This, of course, is likely to irk law enforcement even further, as it
> has been on The Pirate Bay's case for years. Some three years after
> Swedish police raided the site and confiscated its servers, a few of The
> Pirate Bay admins finally went on trial for copyright infringement
> earlier this year. The world is still awaiting the verdict (expected to
> arrive on April 17), though those behind The Pirate Bay maintain that
> what they're doing is entirely legal. In fact, Pirate Bay spokesperson
> Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi said during the trial that 80 percent of The
> Pirate Bay's torrents are for content that's legal to share online.
> more...
> http://arstechnica.com/telecom/news/2009/03/the-pirate-bay-to-roll-out-secure-vpn-service.ars
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