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AirVPN Stops Serving Italians due to “Piracy Shield” Blocking Requirements * TorrentFreak


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Starting later this month, VPN provider AirVPN will no longer accept Italian customers. This drastic decision is a direct response to the Government’s piracy-blocking requirements, enforced through the “Piracy Shield” system. AirVPN says that the requirements are too burdensome, while opening the door to potential overblocking and violations of users’ fundamental rights.

airvpnairvpnLast December, Italy’s much-debated ‘Piracy Shield’ anti-piracy system went live in a limited capacity.

With a legal challenge thwarted, the blocking efforts are now gearing up, with Internet services as rightsholders’ weapon of choice.

Italy’s telecoms regulator AGCOM is the arbiter and previously declared the technological and procedural rules. In essence, these require ISPs, DNS resolvers, and other intermediaries to block pirate IP-addresses within thirty minutes of being alerted. The leading authority made it clear that VPN services are no exception….

You can read the full Torrent Freak article here

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