Another VPN service has blocked torrents after a lawsuit from
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Another VPN service has blocked torrents after a lawsuit from movie studios

According to online sources, VPN service TorGuard managed to settle a dispute with more than two dozen film studios, which are suing the company, accusing it of promoting piracy and copyright infringement. Now the service is obliged to block BitTorrent traffic on its servers in the United States, for which it plans to use a firewall and other means of restricting access.

Image source: Bleeping Computer

Image source: Bleeping Computer

This means that TorGuard users can no longer use the service to download torrent files. This was achieved by an association of plaintiffs, which included representatives from more than two dozen film studios. They went to court last year accusing TorGuard of encouraging online piracy and copyright infringement. The same group of plaintiffs previously sought $10 million in damages from LiquidVPN’s no-logging VPN service. The recent court ruling suggests that film studios and VPN services have reached an agreement whereby the latter will block BitTorrent traffic and prevent its users from downloading files via streams.

In October 2021, during a lawsuit with the same plaintiffs, VPN.ht agreed to block BitTorrent and log user traffic on its US servers. Surfshark, VPN Unlimited, Zenmate, PIA, and ExpressVPN have done similar things over the past year, all of which have also been embroiled in copyright infringement and online piracy lawsuits.

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