Credit Card Companies Block VPN Payments
As War Against Anonymizing Tools Ramps Up
With the entertainment industry and most major ISPs now jointly engaged in a graduated response anti-piracy effort
(ranging from warnings to connection throttling), most copyright infringers have simply moved to BitTorrent VPN and proxy services in order to hide their activities from ISPs. As such, it seems inevitable that the entertainment industry was going to make these operations their new primary target. Overseas companies like Peter Sunde's iPredator VPN (which we discussed back in 2010
) are now being blocked by credit card companies
Following the introduction of restrictions against file-sharing services, Mastercard and Visa have now started to take action against VPN providers. This week, Swedish payment provider Payson cut access to anonymizing services after being ordered to do so by the credit card companies. VPN provider iPredator is one of the affected customers and founder Peter Sunde says that they are considering legal action to get the service unblocked.
Here in the States, Bram Cohen's BitTorrent has tried to distance itself from such services
by blocking their ads on uTorrent, and it seems like only a matter of time before the entertainment industry gets Congress to pass new laws targeting such services.
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Where will it end?
The bigger picture here is really frightening.
The government using it's powers to force companies to restrict access to services for no good reason.
Congress is on the take from the movie industry and the RIAA.
Credit card companies are coerced with nothing short of blackmail and extortion threatening the very livelihood of their business if they do not conform to demands that enable the government wants to be able to track every single movement that we make.
It is really getting out of control.
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