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Swedish research suggests 40% rise in use of VPNs
Wednesday 02 May 2012 16:26:24 by Andrew Ferguson

BBC News features an article that is based around research carried by the Cybernorms research group at the Lund University in Sweden. Their research reveals a 40% rise in the use of VPN systems by the 15 to 25 year age group since 2009 in Sweden.

A regular comment by people in response to crackdowns on copyright infringement is that they will simply use methods by proxies and VPNs to obscure their real identity, and this research in Sweden is perhsps the first firm evidence that this is happening. This means that comments from various media bodies that blocks across Europe of The Pirate Bay have reduced the amount of access to it need to be considered in the light, that while easily tracked access may have reduced, the use of the sites like Pirate Bay and its competitors may simply be appearing to come from another country.

"The aim of such blocking is not to turn off the tap but to make it as inconvenient as possible to get to such services.

"VPNs add an extra layer of complexity and young people have to pay £5 or £6 a month to use them, which means some of the reasons for doing it are lost."

Independent music analyst Mark Mulligan

To claim users shifting to VPNs is a victory is odd, particularly as some of these people will be paying for the VPN service termination in a safe haven. Surely it should only be seen as a victory if those VPN users were subscribing to a music or film delivery service that meets their needs. The situation in the UK with regards to film and TV series is a perfect illustration, as some studios have exclusive arrangements, or do not put their material on legal services at all, and for older films it can be cheaper to buy the DVD from a supermarket, than rent it from a digital service.

Where the media industry will stop in its pursuit is unknown, if VPN systems become the tool of choice for file sharing, how long before a campaign starts to block VPN end-points that are outside the UK on services aimed at consumers?


Posted by undecidedadrian over 5 years ago
Imaging if when the car was invented and then the police complain that banks are being robbed and that cars are being used for the robbers to escape.

Should then cars be banned? Of course not it is a stupid idea, so why does the media industry think that banning something means that it will be stopped?
Posted by rian over 5 years ago
I agreed with "undecidedadrian". People don't want to pay for something for a reason, not because the price but the worthiness. To be honest, I am happy to pay for on-line game retailer like Steam rather than shop on the high street. Cheaper, faster, easier, that's it.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago
This is about control over the internet, they created P2P as it's today, just look at who owns EMI, they want their one world government and they need control over all channels of communication in order to maintain power.
Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
Maybe its about time this greedy industry had some of it's power stripped from it and all those secret deals to politicians that had a cash incentive should the laws or whatever be passed, so they could archive their goal for control,As said there is very little these days when it comes to a really good movie rct ,most is tripe
Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
We the people should unite and protest about this,starting with petitions, and progress from there should they ignore the voice of the people
Posted by tthom over 5 years ago
@tommy45.. anonymous are all ready fighting for the people.. everyone in the uk will start using VPN's if the government get there way with the spying stuff... As for the topic I would pay for a vpn means no one can SPY on what you do reguardless if its illigal downloads or legal browsing

Posted by Drefsab over 5 years ago
Who could possibly have seen this coming, the industry force ISP's to start putting blocks in place and the people who use those services get around the blocks. Certainly not the vast majority of net savy people. /sarcasm mode off.
Posted by ian72 over 5 years ago
Can someone explain to me the argument that is based on the movie industry creating rubbish? If the stuff is rubbish why waste time going on a VPN, downloading it and then watching it? And if it turns out to be good (god forbid) do you then go out and pay for it or do you just think "seen that, no point watching it again"? To me this is the most ridiculous excuse to download something to which you are not licensed.
Posted by vicdupreez over 5 years ago
Hey ian72...

I do actually download a lot of TV episodes. Once the DVD becomes available, and *affordable* at HMV I go and purchase it. I have a lot of box sets of TV series that is in my book case, unopened with the cellophane still on it. It drives my wife up the wall :D

Posted by PhilCoates over 5 years ago

Wow! That is some paranoia!!!
Posted by camieabz over 5 years ago
There's a lesson in all this. Nothing is free.
Posted by Legolash2o over 5 years ago
Maybe if the developers didn't price there films/games so high then more people would buy them instead of downloading them. Take games for example, £40+ per game, i mean what the hell?!?!

Also gamers like Settlers 7 has so much DRM that you can't play the game without a constant internet connection, if you lose the connection then you will be kicked out of the game whilst users who download games don't have to suffer with DRM. Games would also be much cheaper if they didn't have DRM, protections, etc.. as they are easy to bypass and cause big problems.
Posted by Joppy over 5 years ago
No, the lesson is that the RIAA/MPAA's campaigns have had no effect on sales, except diminish them.

Apart from the studies that show that piracy tends to increase sales, my own situation is that I have hundreds of purchased cd's and dvd films but stopped buying them when the MPAA/RIAA started their bully campaign by buying off/lobbying politicians.

I will never purchase anything again from artists under the banner of those organisations.
Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
@PhilCoates, I wouldn't say it's only him being paranoid,These greedy industries did play a big part in making P2P popular as well as their involvement in distributing the file sharing software,
Many artists have P2P file sharing to thank for their fame & fortunes, and don't have a problem with those who download their songs for free
As for Paranoia Why are the governments getting involved, being the servants of the media companies?
They have no place in this trivial Civil problem,

The companies have more than enough capital to fight their own war on piracy
Posted by meldrew over 5 years ago
My brush with DRM last week was with iPlayer. Despite being a licence fee payer I had to jump through hoops to put Question Time on my Walkman and then it only lasts for a week. As for CDs I bought four for the reasonable price of £2.99 each and then downloaded some of my old LP tracks for free having paid for them once already. You don't need P2P, the internet is awash with "free" music.
Posted by PhilCoates over 5 years ago

Accepted but the line '..they want their one world government and they need control over all channels of communication in order to maintain power...' is frankly delusional!
Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
@ meldrew, Daniusoft.Video.Converter.Ultimate is your friend for that it also will remove DRM, either that or record the program instead of downloading it,

@ PhilCoates , I'm under no illusion that they government,possibly along with the media parasites BPI ect do seek to have control of the interwebz,This blocking is only the start, They already want ISP's to provide information in realtime to government agencies, they of course use the threats of acts of terrorism as smoke screen, and of course this information will be passed to more than the secret service,or law enforcement

Posted by otester over 5 years ago

Yet a few decades ago you would have denied what the EU was going to become and now you deny what the UN will become.

Pull your head out of the sand.
Posted by fibrebunny over 5 years ago
Global government does tend to scream conspiracy nut. Gordon Brown spoke of global governance but I don't think anyone was paying attention.

Those with a vested interest will naturally seek power to secure and hold their position. Which was true of the landed gentry and certainly no different for our media barons. Talk of global government is perhaps pushing it a bit though lol
Posted by undecidedadrian over 5 years ago
Look at the whole Leveson inquiry, the media and the politicians have been very cosy the last 30+ yeats.

Now that the whatnot is hitting the fan with a steady stream of accusations about a very well know media empire it seems they were running a criminal gang rather than a company.

And who brought it all to light? Oh yes a rival media company.
Posted by PhilCoates over 5 years ago

'....Yet a few decades ago you would have denied what the EU was going to become and now you deny what the UN will become....'

Man, put the crack pipe down its not helping!!

I know we disagree on illegal downloads but this stuff is seriously worrying. Do you think you can read my mind or something?
Posted by m0aur over 5 years ago
The lesson the world needs to learn, is that downloading is the future, legal or otherwise. Those outlets worrying about security should learn from those control freaks over at Cupertino.
Posted by Scubaholic over 5 years ago
4OD poor video quality, Demand 5 ok apart from all the ads but the version on my Sony blu-ray only has 1/2 the progs that the web has? Love film also has a carp interface on the blu-ray.
In short have been thinking about a VPN for about a year £6pm a lot cheaper than a Sky sub.

@Tommy45 "The companies have more than enough capital to fight their own war on piracy " Easier for them to buy the politicians to pass laws than to go to court where they won't necessarily get the outcome they want.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago
Typical of the ignorant types to pull the "crack pot" line when they lack knowledge on a political subject.

Guess that's the trend nowadays, imitate Homer Simpson and pretend everything is fine.

And Gordon Brown is one of many to have spoken about it.
Posted by PhilCoates over 5 years ago
Its not 'the crack pot' its the 'crack pipe'. No wonder you go off on one when you cannot read the post properly.

In this thread you have demonstrated paranoid ideation and thought transference. Those are not signs of good mental health.
Posted by adagio over 5 years ago
There might be some objection were government to block access to the VPNs of multinational companies being used for secure communication by their employees!
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

This might explain why it's hard to read your comments:
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