Pirating BitTorrent users beware – anti-piracy group gets permission to collect your IP address

Anti-piracy group BREIN will start taking legal action against individual BitTorrent users who share content that infringes copyright. This is according to a report by TorrentFreak.

The group plans to push for lawsuits worth millions of rand, and wants to also take aim at VPNs which assist pirates in masking their activity.

“Over the past several months the group has tracked down several prolific uploaders and has now announced intentions to take these efforts a step further,” stated TorrentFreak.

BREIN Director Tim Kuik said they will monitor and crack down on these “file-sharers”.

Collecting IP addresses

BREIN stated it recently received permission from the Dutch data protection authority to collect the IP addresses of pirating BitTorrent users.

“The trial run is behind us and we will now start collecting IP addresses and evidence. I advise notorious uploaders to think twice, after all, forewarned is forearmed,” said Kuik.

Individuals who share films, TV series, music, books, and games are all at risk, said Kuik.

TorrentFreak noted that accessing pirates’ details will involve working with Internet service providers once the IP addresses have been collected.

“Several ISPs have already announced that they will not hand anything over without a court order,” said the report.

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