joined:Nov 12, 2003
In the beginning, the internet was a global village. We could stream content from anywhere, without worrying about geographically based copyright agreements and ownership rights on media.
And then the corporate lawyers got involved, and streaming content was restricted only to the USA or the UK or some other region. First it was just the TV Channels, then Youtube and now radio stations. To the average consumer, the web is getting more and more resticted.
Fortunately Geoblocking can be defeated, but this task was originally for us tech savy people, who could reflash there own routers, to create whole home VPN connections to US or UK service providers.
Now as Geoblocking has become more evasive, I beginning to see a thriving market developing for geoblocking counter-measures for the masses.
Since their is no defence (other than legal) against VPN based countermeasures, will we begin to see the end of Geoblocking?
Will the media companies begin to work towards global agreements fot the distribution of their products, or will they become dinasaurs and try to sue everybody, and lobby to create laws to further reduce our rights?
I see the unrestricted access to content on the internet for viewing, as the next big fight.