Moviemakers sue VPN service for promoting and facilitating piracy

Avro Arrow

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It's quite clear that this will go absolutely nowhere because lots of people download torrents without the use of a VPN. The fact that a VPN can aid in torrent downloads isn't something that is the responsibility of a VPN provider because they have no control over what their customers do with it.

It's like suing Ford because someone driving a Ford hit you and saying that Ford granted them the means to move at that speed and crash into you.
 
How about removing ridiculous local content restrictions instead? This is what drives the bulk of file sharing.
 

Watzupken

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I think besides the advertisement mentioning Popcorn Time, I don't see anything wrong with VPN. People use VPN for many reasons, and file sharing and piracy is not one of the main reason in my opinion. If that is the case, then file sharing/ piracy happens because of Internet, so they might as well just rule it as illegal and stop all internet services.
 

ziffel66

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Protip: you can torrent to a seedbox and don't need a VPN at all. The seedbox service does the torrenting, and then you just FTP into your box and download at full speed.
 

pmshah

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Actually what I have observed is that VPN helps/allows one to access the site that is hosting the .torrent files which is otherwise blocked by the authorities in that country. Once you download that file you don't need VPN anymore. At that point, it is P2P communication between your PC and the others who are seeding.

In any case, the moviemakers should be suing the countries, if at all, that allow these VPN service providers to locate their servers that in turn allow such downloads.

There is nothing illegal about torrenting. Even IT majors like IBM & Microsoft use that protocol to synch their servers across the globe. The application used is Resilio.
 

Avro Arrow

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Well this will go nowhere because if the moviemakers succeed then people will be able to sue gun manufacturers for loved ones that were killed with guns. The USA would never allow a precedent like that.
 

pmshah

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I am not sure about that. The lawmakers have pretty narrow-vision angle blinders when it comes to their benefactors and election campaign contributors. They are almost like bonded labourers doing exactly what they are told. .
 

captaincranky

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Movies and media in general is so cheap to buy these days pirating movies is not really needed. Hard to believe there are so many cheap b@stards out there they can't afford $5 to watch a movie?
More like $1.75 at Redbox.

IMO, only the truly impatient and lazy stream it, and can't wait for it to show up at, "The Box".
 

pmshah

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Not really just a question of being able to afford it. It is also a question of "availability" in the region. For instance non-English East European movies in North America and SE Asia.
 

CybaGirl

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The real winners?

The lawyers!

The real loosers?

Users through increased charges to offset the law suits and any damages if paid.