Police arrest man for running proxy servers

Computers, Intellectual Property, Internet, Piracy

City of London anti-piracy police have arrested a man in Nottingham for running a proxy server.


The 20-year-old from Nottingham is believed to have been running a proxy server that connected to addresses banned by service providers in the UK.

Acccording to reports, the man was questioned and then released on bail.

The arrest was made after the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, with the help of the Federation Against Copyright Theft, found evidence relating to the creation of a proxy server that provided access to 36 other websites that had been blocked for hosting illegal or infringing content.

TorentFreak says that while the arrest is being framed as a major success, none of the domains operated by the man were offering a file-sharing or illegal streaming service.

“They were merely proxies that allowed users to access The Pirate Bay and other sites that were blocked per court order by some (not all) UK internet providers. Many UK ISPs still routinely offer access to the very same sites on a daily basis,” it says.

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