|Virtual private networks
(VPN) could be blocked under new copyright and privacy legislation being considered by the Senate in Australia.
VPN users could be blocked by the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 (PDF)
. The bill is designed to target file sharing and BitTorrent websites like ExtraTorrent, Pirate Bay and other. If bill is passed, it would allow rights holders in Australia ask ISP to block overseas websites that facilitate piracy.
"This Bill won't just block online piracy sites; it could allow companies to prevent Australian access to competitor websites in other countries
" - according to Australian consumer advocacy group Choice. Australian law is currently unclear regarding the legality of using a VPN to access a legitimate service, like the video-streaming site Hulu which is blocked in Australia.
Good news that there is still a solution how to bypass VPN blocking by ISPs and Australian government agencies.
Usually, Australian ISP or Government is blocking the ports that are used by common VPN tunneling protocols, such as PPTP or L2TP. Some powerful VPN providers are able to overcome the restrictions.
Recently, a part of ExtraTorrent community launched a VPN
called by Trust.Zone VPN
for safe torrenting. This is a bit experimental project. But it cares about safety of ET members
and every downloader. Trust.Zone VPN prevents your ISP from sending Copyright Infringement Notices
by hiding your real location and your real IP address.
service can't be completely blocked by ISP or Government agencies in Australia because Trust.Zone VPN
service may forward the encrypted internet traffic via HTTP Port 80, HTTPS Port 443 and DNS Port 53 which are never blocked by ISP.
If VPN is set to work on port 443 than your ISP is able to see something which will look like you are browsing a website with HTTPS like Gmail, PayPal and other. This means all your ISP and potential government agencies can see how much traffic you use, not what you are using it for.
With that feature, your VPN can not be blocked in Australia or other countries.Posted by:
Saturday, August 29th, 2015
|Thnaks for great info.|
|VPN are unlikely to be effected although maybe p2p VPNs maybe. By the way Optus use deep pack analysis so they maybe able to overcome Trust.Zone VPN, if so what people will be better off with is seedboxes. |
|posted by (2015-04-30 12:31:51)|
|Love my seed box : )|
|posted by (2015-04-30 13:04:10)|
|@2 can you explain how seed boxes work and why are they better?. Thanks|
|posted by (2015-05-01 01:26:13)|
|When I read this, I thought, 'this sounds like a pile of click-bait bs'. And it is. FFS, it's FUD.|
The proposed law does not block VPN's. The concern is that the law would no longer protect ISP's, VPN providers and cyber lockers from the actions of their users (where these companies currently are not liable in the USA and many other countries for the end users actions). So it would make the VPN providers ALSO have to filter out the blocked websites, or else they could be liable for what the end user did. So Sony would not just serve John Doe, but his VPN provider as well for damages in a copyright infringement suit.
Saying that VPN's would be illegal is not only taking this interpretation to the extreme, it's also not correct. They cannot make the VPN's illegal, only force them to do the same blocking that all the other ISP's would be forced to block.
|Thanks 4 the heads-up ....|
|posted by (2015-05-01 06:59:17)|
|I agree all this information is far from correct knowing the time it takes to pass a bill through the senate, there are queues and queues of bills that have been heard and awaiting implementation, since 2006 when the last ammendment bill was passed, took 4 years to go through, because of all the red tape from ACCC and many other government departments and also was only a minor part was implemented than everything that was passed god they even allowed you to copy your original cds and dvds and back them up on hard drive or usb or convert to a digital format legally as long as you owned the original work , the only thing they will pass will be for isp to filter infringing sites, VPNs have been confirmed are not illegal and they can't ban or force vpn providers overseas. Ips will be logged letters will be sent and after many articles all those 4700 people that downloaded dallas buyers club will have to pay is $30 as the maximum rental fee allowed in australia end of story.. this is pure scare tactics knowing well how our government really works "things take forever to actually become enforced" cheers:)|
|posted by (2015-05-02 02:20:55)|
|Thanks very much for the information. I'll give trust.zone a try.|
|posted by (2015-05-04 10:56:08)|
|Thanks for the update. It is a bit of worry as to where it will end up.|
|They cannot ban VPN's since VPN's are not only used for pirated and or "illegal" activity|
Ban VPN's and you also ban legit use as well.
|posted by (2015-08-06 15:53:08)|
|@timbo and @Agis1 are MOSTLY correct, but they didn't mention that the legislation requires a FEDERAL court order to block EACH SITE (singular), for EACH ISP (singular). THAT means that to block 3 international sites over only 3 ISP's would require NINE SEPARATE COURT CASES, including all lawyer fees, court costs and waiting times between cases (Federal court judges would SEVERELY dislike the shotgun approach, where all similar cases are handled consecutively on the same day.)|
As well as THAT, the injunction will only apply to online locations operated OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA.
Overall I can see this being used sparingly, and only for major copyright offending sites, otherwise it becomes economically unfeasible, especially since most ISP level blocking techniques can be easily averted.
PS: At NO POINT in the legislation is there ANY reference to VPN's AT ALL, merely to sites PROMOTING COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT! (All a VPN does is provide a SERVICE, how that service is used is usually NOT their responsibility. [eg, it wasn't the post office's fault when anthrax powder was sent to congress through the mail])
PPS: Take NO NOTICE of the scare-mongers who are SPAMMING us with these articles advertising their own VPN service. If you DO want to invest in a VPN, do some RESEARCH and CHOOSE FOR YOURSELF which one would suit your needs best.
|ohh i love the propaganda that goverments put out there for the sheep to graze on|
|posted by (2015-08-08 16:06:04)|
|Thanks for the informative posts. Nice !|
|posted by (2015-08-09 21:42:48)|
|posted by (2015-08-14 07:15:00)|
|Like Trust-zone ... a VPN wholly owned and operated by Extratorrent!|
I wish this A**hole would STOP reposting these FALSE AND MISLEADING articles. TRY sticking to the TRUTH for a change ... it's gotten so bad recently that I cringe every time a NEW article comes out (as compared to these REPOSTED articles), before reading to figure out how they spun THIS article to promote their own service (Which they DO in ~85% of ALL recent articles).
|posted by (2015-08-14 11:43:40)|
|This is a for profit site even with all the sharing we do.|
The site itself is here to generate revenue.
So live with it.
Or find the site that is not profit driven. If such exist.
|posted by (2015-08-14 18:24:31)|
|The vpn that ET has with pop up ads all over site and seems to be getting ; guess i have to get ad-blocker hum|
how much does the ET vpn slow you down over the internet and how leak proof is it ? ?
|posted by (2015-08-16 06:55:45)|
|"Australia Will Block VPN Services" <---- Really?? What a load of fu%^ing s%^t, f$#k off with this crap|
|posted by (2015-08-18 07:11:27)|
|What a load of KRAP! They cannot block VPNs, they might ban some IPs, but blocking vpns is like emptying the ocean with a teaspoon..Come on guys, let's start using some grey matter here!|
|@LRS These ads/articles are not in your face, they are not scamming you and re-posted to inform users and keep current (keep telling lies one day it might work for use)|
Yes they are they click bit BS ,, to keep users informed of lies and pure bull shit just to get some sales. It pure sad thats the best ads the can come up with.
No more reading news here 0 trust
|ONE ANSWER FOR ALL OF THIS - GET SEEDBOX Lol|
|Isn't that old news? I read about that before a month at bestvpnprovider.com, what's latest update about this news and which VPNs are being blocked by Australia?|
|#23 couldn't have said it better myself!!Not blocked here yet! mine works fine use Trust.zone im happy|
|posted by (2016-01-15 22:57:58)|
|Lets say you took a taxi from one place to another.|
Should the taxi drive be held accountable if you say had drugs in your purse? Or accountable because they gave you a ride from one place to another?
That is the same scenario with ISP's. They just deliver data (the taxi fare) from one place to another.
The world has far too much governmental control and it is mostly money oriented.
Courts have every incentive to do their deeds - they get court costs and job security.
Many judges are appointed for life too. What a rip.
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