A Virginia Court has approved of an injunction agreement that states VPN Provider VPN.ht must block torrent websites and log user data.
This was first reported by TorrentFreak, which noted that the company used to promote the illegal Streaming App Popcorn Time.
Back in March of this year, various Movie Companies filed a lawsuit against VPN.ht which is owned by Wicked Technology.
VPN.ht requested the court dismiss the case, citing that they are not subject to Virginia Jurisdiction. (Wicked Technology is based out of Hong Kong).
The Movie Production Companies who filed the lawsuit were also able to obtain a temporary restraining order requiring PayPal to freeze the VPN Provider’s assets.
After several months of negotiations, however, the Movie Companies and VPN.ht have finally come to an agreement.
There are various terms that VPN.ht must follow which are sure to raise some eyebrows among VPN users and more.
First, the company must block access to all torrent websites when connected to one of the company’s servers.
Within 30 days of entry of this order, the Wicked Entities are ORDERED to use their best efforts to implement technological measures designed to prevent subscribers of the VPN.ht VPN service from using the BitTorrent protocol with Wicked’s VPN servers in the United States.
In addition, VPN.ht must log and store data for IP Addresses that are connected to a US Server.
Not only must this data be stored for at least 1 year, but Wicked Technology must also provide logs to the Movie Companies when asked.
This is required whenever a user accesses a title or film created by one of these film companies.
In the event that Plaintiffs have confirmed infringement of the copyright protected works set forth in Exhibit 1 to the Amended Complaint (Dkt. 7) by a subscriber to Wicked’s VPN, and upon request by Plaintiffs, the Wicked Entities shall provide to Plaintiffs the log entries pertaining to such subscriber in respect of the claimed infringement.
In return, the restraining order that froze Wicked Technology’s assets will be removed.
Virginia District Court Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. approved the injunction which you can read in its entirety below.
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