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Proxy server operator arrested by British copyright police

Loek Essers | Aug. 8, 2014
A 20-year-old British man was arrested for running the Immunicity proxy server, which provided access to 36 other websites that had been blocked for offering illegal or infringing content, the U.K. Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) said Thursday.

"I suspect he has done this because he feels annoyed at the Internet being censored, and this is kind of a personal protest rather than an attempt to simply encourage infringements," Killock said. However, the man could have had a better defense if his service did not merely provide access to censored torrent sites, but was used as a more general unblocking tool, he added. Proxy services are often used to allow people in repressive regimes to access legitimate sites that are censored in their home countries.

 

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