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Submission + - SPAM: USTR Releases Information on Secret Piracy Pact

narramissic writes: "Change is afoot at The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). New details have been released about an anticounterfeiting trade agreement that has been discussed in secret among the U.S., Japan, the European Union and other countries since 2006. Although the six-page summary provides little in the way of specific detail about the current state of negotiations, the release represents a change in policy at the USTR, which had argued in the past that information on the trade pact was 'properly classified in the interest of national security.'"
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Submission + - Pirate Bay launches its own VPN for five euros a m (itpro.co.uk)

nk497 writes: Pirate Bay has announced it's going to launch its own VPN system called IPREDator ahead of April Fool's Day, for just five euros a month. It's not a joke, but is looking to render the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) laws useless. That directive, which is set to come into force this week in Sweden, would give IP and other identity data to media firms so they can take action against file sharers. Using a VPN would make that rather difficult. According to the IPREDator website: "The network is under our control. Not theirs." The VPN is currently in beta stage, but you can sign up for an email alert when it's ready here.

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