The battle between content publishers and online pirates will soon reach a new level in Sweden. The country, long known for harboring infamous BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay, should start implementing the European Union's IPRED directive on April 1. In a nutshell, IPRED will give courts the power to obtain personal information about users found sharing copyrighted content.
According to Ars Technica, however, The Pirate Bay is one step ahead. The site plans to offer an affordable virtual private network (VPN) service that will cloak pirates beneath a convenient veil of anonymity. Dubbed IPREDator, the service will cost €5 ($6.77) a month and may launch before April 1.
Naturally, IPREDator will allow folks to be identified under a different IP address than their own. Since the service supposedly won't store traffic data, identifying pirates who use it could be rather tricky for third parties.
Then again, as Ars points out, The Pirate Bay went on trial for copyright infringement in February. The verdict is reportedly due on April 17, and it could put a damper on the whole endeavor.