Court Orders PayPal & Alipay to Freeze VPN Company’s Funds in Piracy Lawsuit
A federal court in Virginia has granted a temporary restraining order that requires PayPal and Alipay to freeze the assets of VPN provider “VeePN”. The order was requested by several filmmakers, who accuse the VPN of promoting the piracy app Porcom Time, and advertising on notorious torrent site YTS.mx.
VPN services are generally seen as neutral intermediaries. Technically speaking, they simply route traffic through their servers, adding an extra layer of protection for their users.
However, some VPN providers have gone a step further by marketing their services directly to online pirates. This is also what the Panamanian company “VeePN” did, according to a group of filmmakers.
Earlier this month, several movie companies including Voltage Holdings and Screen Media Ventures filed a complaint against VeePN at a Virginia federal court. The filmmakers were joined by Hawaiian company 42 Ventures, which is owned by anti-piracy lawyer Kerry Culpepper who registered the trademarks for terms such as Popcorn Time, YTS, and RARBG.
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