Home > News > VPN Users Are Likely Content Pirates, BBC Says • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

NEWS STORY

VPN Users Are Likely Content Pirates, BBC Says

VPN Users Are Likely Content Pirates, BBC Says
Get XBIZ News
Sep 10, 2014 3:30 PM PDT    Text size: 

SYDNEY — Heavy users of VPNs are so suspicious that ISPs should consider them as content pirates, according to a new study made for the Australian government by BBC Worldwide.

BBC made the report about available to help the Australian government decide how the nation should deal with the illegal downloading of content via decentralized peer-to-peer technologies and VPNs.

BBC said that it is "reasonable for ISPs to be placed under an obligation to identify user behavior that is ‘suspicious’ and indicative of a user engaging in conduct that infringes  copyright."

"Such behavior may include the illegitimate use by internet users of IP obfuscation tools in combination with high download volumes," the BBC said.

Once at the forefront of Internet profit-making, the adult entertainment industry has become vulnerable to losses from piracy.

Content thievery is prevalent on the Internet. In fact, many adult entertainment studios’ entire catalogs are available online illegally.

Dominic Ford of anti-piracy organization PornGuardian.com said that finding and tracking down content pirates is tough in light of all the technology, including VPNs, available to them.

"While VPNs have a legitimate use for securely accessing corporate networks in a secure manor, VPNs are used by common pirates to help evade being caught," Ford told XBIZ. "Proxy servers are similar, in that they help mask the actual user."

"The Internet is seemingly rife with tools to aid pirates, with little to no infrastructure-wide tools for helping find and stop them."

The BBC report, one of many the government had sought on how to deal with online piracy, is the result of a request for stakeholders to weigh in on a pending amendment to the nation's Copyright Act.

Besides pointing at VPNs as a source to crack down on, the BBC asked for more consumer education made available and wants ISPs to act as enforcers under some circumstances.

It also calls for Australia to block known sources of pirated material hosted offshore and for the all of the nation's ISPs to adopt the same copyright protection code.

BBC also said there should be a formal appeal mechanism for suspected pirates.

“It is important that consumers have a right of review or appeal in the event their rights are affected under any new scheme," the report said. "Consumers should have an available mechanism to challenge what are perceived to be unfair, or incorrect, ‘warnings’ issued by an ISP if a consumer is identified as having infringed copyright.”

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !

OPINIONS & VIEWS

Avoiding a Crash Landing While Making Changes

Recently I had lunch with Peter, one of the most successful business coaches in Europe. We sat outside at a cafe a few kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea. It was the middle of winter but the clouds... More »

Finding the Right Road to Success

Last month, I wrote about collaboration, surrounding yourself with good people and top-tier service providers and having an alliance group. In past articles, I have written about the “7 Ps”:... More »

Differences Between Static, Smart Links

Affiliate marketing, the concept of paying commission for referred business, was employed long before the internet. But just four years after the invention of the World Wide Web, it made the jump into... More »
XBIZ NEWSLETTERS
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.






POPULAR PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Access the latest issues of the industry's leading trade publications in digital form. View online or download for offline viewing.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The European Summit

Mar 04 - Mar 07
Barcelona-Sitges, Spain

The TEA Show

Mar 05 - Mar 06
Hollywood, CA

Phoenix Forum 2017

Mar 23 - Mar 26
Tempe, Arizona

EXXXOTICA Denver

Mar 31 - Apr 02
Denver, CO.
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!