VPN service providers lick their lips at Australian anti-piracy bill

The Virtual Private Network (VPN) service providers say they are supposing business to increase in upcoming days, after a legislation to restrict piracy related sites passed by the Australian parliament.

Government and copyright holders’ efforts to stop folks from accessing sites just won’t succeed as per the CEO of a well-known VPN service provider. As per Rober Knapp (CEO of CyberGhost VPN) statement, people who are trying to block piracy websites should consider the technical skills of those who are affected by this legislation.

As after decades of pressure and months of discussions, finally the government of Australia enforced a new copyrights act on Australians, yesterday.

Copyright holders are just waiting for the royal assent, once it gets the royal assent they will move forward to ban at least a handful of piracy websites. When the law was passed yesterday, unsurprisingly, many people started criticizing the filtering and censorship efforts of their government. However; there are so many who are just calm about the Australian government steps, but stand alongside to generate revenue attractively from them.

Do you know who they are? They are obviously ‘VPN Service Providers.’ VPNs are already very common in Australia because of their unblocking features and will possibly now gain extra profit as a consequence of the Australian’s new law.

But, there are many of those that keep on considering the future of VPN service providers and their prominence as a geo-unblocking kryptonite. It is also possible that the Australian government sooner or later should run-out of tolerance and take a step back on guarantees they won’t handle the tech by restricting them? Would it happen, basically, if government did?

Rober Knapp, the CEO of CyberGhost says, “We see in general the same that you see in nature if somebody tries to block a river floating – the water finds his way.”

He added, “They should also then realize with whom they play in the same league. Maybe they do it [blocking], maybe they don’t do it, it’s kind of a technical race. So it’s our daily business. They might do it, we will find a way to keep our servers running.”

Although many folks understand that restricting a popular service might run down into an infinite arms-race, copyright holders are also intensely conscious of the governmental fallout from disagreeing genuine technologies.

A spokesperson from Foxtel told Mumbrella, “We didn’t intend this law to be used specifically against VPN because there are many legitimate uses of VPN and the intention of the law is not to stop people using the internet for legitimate purposes.”

The spokesperson added, “We would obviously be concerned if it meant there was a hole in the law. We will be monitoring how things go and see if there is a serious issue in the future.”

Thus what do you think about the Australia’s restricting legislation?

If time from the Britain repeats (and I believe it will), copyrights holders will initially undertake a website that is assured to tick each ‘pirate’ box. TPB (The Pirate Bay) a website that isn’t just located worldwide as the law needs, however one that never respect about copyright. The fact is, it has been restricted already in many countries.

When the case in contradiction of TPB is finish, other “fundamentally same” websites will be engaged in easily. Expect the procedure to be simplified in courtesy of rights holders.

Top/Featured Image: By Nicolas Raymond / Flickr

Ali Raza Ali is a freelance journalist, having 5 years of experience in web journalism and marketing. He contributes to various online publications. With a Master degree, now he combines his passions for writing about internet security and technology for SecurityGladiators. When he is not working, he loves traveling and playing games.
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