Swedish anti-piracy group Rights Alliance has filed a lawsuit against OVPN for hiding torrent website, ThePirateBay’s IP address
The fight between the anti-piracy groups and the torrent websites is a never-ending cat and mouse game. Yesterday we had reported how a anti-piracy law firm is making the YIFY clone, YTS torrent website share torrent downloaders emails and IP address in lieu of penalty and sentencing. This was in Hawaii and something similar is happening in Sweden.
TorrentFreak has reported that Sweden based anti-piracy group, Rights Alliance has launched a campaign against OVPN, a virtual private network (VPN) provider, claiming that the operators of ThePirateBay are using OVPN to hide their IP address and actual location. Rights Alliance is alleging that the VPN provider is complicit with The Pirate Bay in pirating movies and TV shows.
Rights Alliance has initiated a lawsuit against OVPN to reveal the IP address of the world’s top pirate website. Rights Alliance wants OVPN to handover whatever information the VPN provider may hold about The Pirate Bay and its operators.
This is a bizarre allegation to hold a VPN provider guilty for what its client does. OVPN has replied to the Rights Alliance allegation that it has no data about TPB as it is a no-logs VPN provider. The no-logs VPN service providers don’t save any information about the client. And in this case, The Pirate Bay so OVPN can’t give the information Rights Alliance wants.
The Rights Alliance vs OVPN lawsuit is being heard in a Swedish court. Rights Alliance has hired a penetration company called Cure53 to make OVPN reveal ThePirateBay’s IP addresses and physical address. Cure53 is a popular German cybersecurity company and has audited some of the most popular VPN providers in the world, including Mullvad, Surfshark, and TunnelBear.
Cure53 believes that OVPN is trying too hard to protect the privacy of its users like TPB, storing as little information as possible in its databases. “Still, there must be data that connects users and identities for the VPN service to work. A user has paid for a VPN account with the ability to connect a static public address to OVPN that the user has then chosen to link to The Pirate Bay, that is, the user has configured their VPN account to point to the given domain”, Jesper Larsson, who works at security company Ox4a but is involved with Cure 53, says.
In the United States, service providers are protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act against wrongdoing that the users may do using the service. Section 230 has protected the likes of Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Twitter against hate/racial content, adult videos, and anything illegal posted on their platform by users.