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UPDATE – 8/2/2022:
A settlement has been reached between VPN Company VeePN & various filmmakers in a Virginia Court.
You can find the original details of this story below.
After filmmakers and Law Firm 42 Ventures succeeded in freezing the assets of VeePN, a deal was struck between the companies.
While most of the details remain private, we did learn some of the specifics of the case as reported by TorrentFreak.
VeePN has reportedly agreed to block access to torrent websites and various streaming sites to servers located in the US.
We have seen similar instances of this in the past:
Unlike the VPN.ht case, however, VeePN has stated that their service does not log IP Addresses and will not retain log records.
As site blocking and crackdowns continue, we want to know what you think of this situation.
Let us know in the comment section below!
Original Article – 7/20/2022:
Another VPN Provider is under fire after several filmmakers filed a lawsuit against them in a Virginia Federal Court.
A complaint has been filed against popular VPN Provider VeePN for alleged copyright and trademark infringement.
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As first reported by TorrentFreak, various filmmakers have teamed up with Hawaiian Law Firm 42 Ventures to target VeePN.
The plaintiffs allege VeePN promotes the use of Popcorn Time APK which 42 Ventures owns the trademark for.
42 Ventures also has the trademark logo registered for the popular torrent site YTS.mx, which advertises VeePN.
The filmmakers asked the courts for a temporary restraining order to freeze the company’s funds.
This request was ultimately granted, however, the lawsuit is still pending.
VeePN has failed to respond to these allegations but may likely need to in the near future.
This is due to the fact that the restraining order granted by the court requires PayPal and AliPay to freeze VeePN’s funds while the lawsuit is pending.
They have also noted that VeePN must immediately stop promoting itself as a Popcorn Time VPN.
It looks like they have adhered to this order as the Popcorn Time page on their website is no longer available.
Judge Anthony Trenga noted the following regarding the allegations against VeePN:
The Copyright Plaintiffs are likely to succeed on their contributory infringement claim because they have shown that VeePN promotes and distributes Popcorn Time VPN…
Additionally, at the website https://veepn.com/blog/popcorn-time-vpn, Defendant VeePN promotes itself as ‘Popcorn Time VPN,’ explicitly stating that: ‘Downloading and sharing files via torrent is a violation of copyright law. It means that you may be punished by law. That’s why you need a Popcorn Time VPN
You can read the court ruling at the link below.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a VPN Company come under fire for promoting the streaming app Popcorn Time.
LiquidVPN lost a lawsuit earlier this year that cost them millions in damages:
TROYPOINT always suggests using a trusted VPN Provider such as IPVanish or Surfshark.
What do you think of the court requiring VeePN’s assets to be frozen?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
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