Film companies demand VPNs log user data and disconnect hackers
- After the wave of ISP lawsuits that have continued over the years, hacking lawsuits have spread, with VPN providers being the main targets.
- One of the main accusations is allowing VPN subscribers to bypass the geo-restrictions of streaming services such as Netflix.
- The filmmakers also claim that some VPNs even partner with notorious movie pirating websites, in order to promote their services.
- Besides the money, the film companies are also calling for the immediate shutdown of websites such as RARBG or the infamous Pirate Bay.
You should probably know, if you’re into that sort of thing, that a group of film companies are continuing their legal efforts to hold VPN services accountable for subscriber hijacking.
A pending new lawsuit lists service providers like Surfshark, VPN Unlimited, Zenmate and ExpressVPN as defendants.
Besides the damage, filmmakers want VPNs to block hacker sites and start logging user data. The accused companies have yet to respond in court.
As a direct result of growing threats to online privacy and security, VPN services have become increasingly popular in recent years.
Filmmakers demand closure of RARBG and The Pirate Bay
It’s already a well-known fact that millions of people use VPNs to stay safe and prevent strangers from tracking their online activities.
However, as with regular internet providers, a subsection of these subscribers may be involved in hacking activity.
Over the years, we’ve seen copyright owners sue multiple ISPs for failing to sign off repeat copyright infringers.
Now these lawsuits have spread, with VPN providers being the main targets.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began and people are spending more time at home, downloading and pirating movies of all kinds, the numbers have reached staggering heights.
These aforementioned lawsuits were filed by a group of independent film companies that have also taken the initiative to tackle pirate sites and apps.
Among them are the creators of award-winning blockbusters and films such as The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Dallas Buyers Club and London Has Fallen.
One of the main accusations is allowing VPN subscribers to bypass the geo-restrictions of streaming services such as Netflix.
The filmmakers draw attention to various examples of promotional pages where VPN providers claim their services can bypass blocking efforts and other restrictive measures.
In some cases, these VPN providers don’t even bother to hide such actions, as the following UnlimitedVPN announcement shows.
In addition to circumventing geo-restrictions, the film companies also list many examples of VPN subscribers who are directly involved in sharing pirated movies through BitTorrent.
And while BitTorrent could also be used legally, VPN companies would promote their service as a tool for anonymously uploading copyright infringing material.
And that’s not all ! The filmmakers also claim that some VPNs even partner with notorious movie pirating websites, in order to promote their services.
As an example, the YTS.movie website promotes the use of ExpressVPN. However, it’s not immediately clear if ExpressVPN is aware of this.
Hold on to your chair, as the list of serious charges continues in a way you never expected.
The film companies also allege that VPN clients engage in other types of conduct that is unacceptable under this privacy shield, including racist comments, child pornography and even murder.
Based on these and other claims, the filmmakers argue that VPN services are responsible for direct, contributory, and indirect copyright infringements.
Besides the money they are asking for these scams, the film companies are also asking that VPN services start blocking known hacker sites like The Pirate Bay and RARBG.
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