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However, I can point out a legitimate (well, sort of) use of proxies which I use occasionally.
I am British, but live in Poland. I very often use the BBC's website for all sorts of information, however, they will not allow me to view video files as they must recognise the IP address I am coming from as being outside the UK. Apparently, you must pay a subscription to view some of the archived media files if you do not live in Britain.
So, if I use a proxy server in Britain it makes it look like the request to view the files comes from the UK and consequently I can view them without having to cough up some money!