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