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

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sat Mar 28 11:17:59 CET 2009

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.


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