Despite an anonymous VPN, YTS users are in the sights of rights holders
Private Internet Access VPN users have been exposed in a YTS database and the rights holders want to file a complaint anyway. Like what, an anonymous VPN is not enough when going to torrent sites.
YTS will clearly be in the wall of shame podium in the fight against piracy of 2020. This torrent site, which was the pride of its time, got down on all fours and provided the entire database of its users to rights holders in an amicable agreement. The rights holders had not had such a boon for years. And they shoot at anything that moves.
Torrent Freak reports that users of Private Internet Access‘s VPN are getting caught up in a complaint, led by the producers of the movie “Angel has Fallen” because they uploaded it to YTS while it was still active. When you go to a torrent site, your IP address and other information is stored on the servers.
If you are using a VPN, then this is okay, because even if the IP appears in the server logs, it is the VPN’s. And if the VPN has a zero data policy, then it will not be able to provide any information to the rights holders. We see in the image below that the rights holders have got their hands on the logs of the YTS server where we see the IP address and the email used by Internet users as well as the date on which they accessed the site.
The claimant considers that since they used a VPN, then they knew what they were doing was illegal. And the right holder justifies his complaint by finding that Private Internet Access is registered as a business in Colorado. And that therefore, it must provide information about its users. Except that PIA, for years, has not kept any information on its users. In fact, he even preferred to leave Russia rather than offering access to its servers to the Russian authorities.
So even if PIA receives a court injunction, it will not be able to provide anything since it does not store anything. Except that the users were stupid enough to provide an email address. And formal notices have been sent to this email address. Rights holders can trace it back to this address and if it’s Gmail or Yahoo, then we can be sure those GAFAMs will rush to provide the user’s real identity.
In this case, the VPN played its role of anonymizer, but you should never provide a real email address on pirate sites. Most of them don’t need registration to download torrents anyway. VPN is a good tool for surfing anonymously, but it cannot make up for the stupidity of some users!