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    VeePN Agrees to Block Torrent Traffic and Pirate Sites on U.S. Servers

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    VPN provider "VeePN" has reached a settlement with a group of filmmakers to resolve a piracy lawsuit. Most of the agreed details remain confidential but the VPN provider will block BitTorrent traffic on US servers going forward. A statement from VeePN's owner further clarifies that the service is not required to store IP address logs.

    Over the past year, a group of independent movie companies filed a series of lawsuits against VPN providers.

    The makers of films such as ?I Feel Pretty,? ?Once Upon a Time in Venice? and ?Dallas Buyers Club? accuse these services of turning a blind eye to piracy or actively promoting it.

    Filmmakers Sue VeePN
    VeePN has become the latest target in this legal effort. Last month, several companies accused the Ukrainian-owned VPN service of actively promoting piracy. The company was accused of advertising on torrent sites such as YTS and billing itself as a ?Porcorn Time VPN.?

    Within a few weeks, the filmmakers already obtained a restraining order that effectively froze the VPN provider?s funds at PayPal and Alipay. This far-reaching measure appears to have paid off as both parties have just informed the Virginia federal court that a settlement has been reached.

    In a court filing last Friday, the plaintiffs write that the restraining order can be lifted and the case dismissed. While the settlement terms will remain private, a few details have been shared in public.

    Settlement With Blocking Requirements
    As in previous lawsuits against VPN.ht and VPN Unlimited, VeePN agreed to block BitTorrent traffic and several pirate sites. These measures only apply to the servers that are located in the United States.

    ?Defendant VeePN Corp. has agreed to use commercially reasonable efforts to block BitTorrent traffic on its servers in the United States [?] and to use commercially reasonable efforts to block access from servers in the United States under Defendant?s control to the certain notorious piracy websites located outside of the United States.?

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    The legal paperwork doesn?t mention which pirate sites will be blocked. However, in previous cases, YTS, The Pirate Bay, RARBG, 1337x, and several proxies were among the targets.

    In addition to the filmmakers, the settlement also includes the Hawaiian company ?42 Ventures? as a beneficiary. This company is owned by anti-piracy lawyer Kerry Culpepper and is the registrant of several piracy-related trademarks, including YTS, Popcorn Time, and RARBG. These trademarks were used by VeePN without permission.

    No Logging!
    The settlement and associated measures are confirmed by Andrii Rozum, who is the sole shareholder of VeePN. The Ukrainian owner of the company further adds that the VPN service is not required to log any IP addresses as part of the deal.

    ?The confidential settlement agreement does not obligate VeePN to implement any kind of measures in order to store log records of the IP addresses tied to servers in the United States under VeePN?s control and retain said log records,? Rozum notes.

    This ?no logging? clarification will be important for the VPN?s users, particularly because the filmmakers specifically raised concerns over the absence of logs in their original complaint.

    In another lawsuit that was resolved last year, VPN.ht did agree to log IP-address information on its US servers. However, that company also stated that it would stop using US-based servers altogether.

    A copy of the rightsholders? notice to dismiss the claims against VeePN is available here (pdf)
    https://torrentfreak.com/veepn-agree...ervers-220801/
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    The list of things you should use a United States VPN for is fairly short, and not affected by the block.
    1. Watching American Netflix

    However, this sets a dangerous precedent for other infrastructure in the country.
    "I just remembered something that happened a long time ago."
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    one thing i note, this Veepn vpn was claiming it is panama based,but this article mentioned them as ukranian,

    same, keepsolid vpn is claiming as US based, when Ukraine war started, it became worst slow vpn, lot of reddit users are saying they are ukranian based or theri employees.

    Belka Vpn was claiming they are US based, but trust pilot ban them for russian

    so, vpn jurisdiction seems false for vpns
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWick View Post
    one thing i note, this Veepn vpn was claiming it is panama based,but this article mentioned them as ukranian,

    same, keepsolid vpn is claiming as US based, when Ukraine war started, it became worst slow vpn, lot of reddit users are saying they are ukranian based or theri employees.
    The jurisdiction they're based on needn't match that of their employees, hosting, domain or payment processor. The fact that things like e-mail and support systems are often outsourced makes matters even more complicated. I hadn't heard about either company until now, so I can't comment on the specifics.

    Ultimately, picking a VPN basically entails choosing a provider that seems least undeserving of your trust and least likely to betray it, then hoping time proves the choice to be correct. The article at https://gist.github.com/joepie91/5a9909939e6ce7d09e29 takes a critical stance, but nonetheless makes some valid points.
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