VPN-Info:Why TV & Video Streaming is blocked
Many travellers know it, one is just abroad and wants to watch the news from home in the evening in his hotel room via WLAN as usual. But unfortunately the site is blocked for access outside the country.
Video Streaming & Block TV? Why is this?
The media companies and also video platforms are subject to the contractual provisions of the agreements with the rights owners when broadcasting some content. However, since it is more lucrative, for example, if you own the rights to a film, to sell it to individual institutions within their national borders instead of allowing someone to broadcast it worldwide, reception of the broadcasts is limited . So it's better to sell it to a hundred individual TV stations in different countries, because you can earn much more in total than to one that covers the whole world.
What do "TV & News" on the Internet have in common with film rights?
The use of some technology used for recording or broadcasting is also subject to similar requirements. This is no joke. This is why broadcasts outside national borders are usually a risk for TV stations, as they could be sued by the rights holders and face heavy fines.
TV & video streaming providers and also consumers will be able to pay with it.
Sure, it's not consumer friendly, but what do these US companies care about what consumers want? It's all about their marketing and profit, the consumer is more of a nuisance. And copyright is an enormously complicated subject, which usually goes far beyond normal legal expertise, but it is also about the billions of dollars in revenues of the rights industries worldwide. The current EU Commissioner for digital rights is happy to denounce this publicly time and again, but then demonstrably always votes for the regulations of the Internet and film industry. That is how far corruption by neo-liberal corporations has gone.
Geographic IP Blocking - VPN provider "unlocks" the websites
But this can be easily avoided. While legal internet blocks mostly concern the internet providers who have to block certain websites in their DNS servers, geographical blocks are carried out via the IP address of the website visitor. And you can very easily change your IP address through a VPN provider. You simply connect to a VPN server in the country in question and get an IP address which is then correctly accepted as a "local IP address user" when you visit the website.
Netflix wants to block VPN users, now "PayPal" blocks the accounts of VPN providers
Netflix customers are also not allowed to access content using a foreign IP address. Many German Netflix customers complain that users with a German IP address are offered much less choice than those with a US IP address. The background to this is that the film industry also sells Netflix broadcasting rights per country. In addition, Netflix already has great power in the USA due to its numerous users, but can only create little counter-pressure in other countries and therefore has to accept that per film seen by a (example) German user has to pay more. Therefore Netflix limits the offer accordingly in Germany and also in other countries. Resourceful customers of Netflix therefore use VPN providers and get access to content that is also available in the USA with a US IP address. This in turn does not suit US rights holders at all. There have been multiple threats of lawsuits against Netflix in the last two years since Neflix started offering in Europe. However, since netflix is unable to reliably block anonymous IP addresses used by VPN providers, the rights holders have now put pressure on payment service providers. In Europe this would certainly be "blackmail" in the USA it is part of the normal corporate behaviour. PayPal is now blocking accounts of VPN providers who provide Netflix customers with access to US IP addresses . Since this is normally not verifiable, all VPN providers simply come into the line of fire.
GEMA blocks thousands of videos on YouTube in Germany.
GEMA is the German music industry's distributor and rights agent and believes that YouTube or Google must pay fees for every broadcast of content that comes with shares of music whose artists are administered by GEMA, just like a CD purchase. However, since Google does not implement this and also refuses to pay similar fees for a single broadcast via YouTube as the purchase of a CD would bring, blocks are implemented. The GEMA delivers tens of thousands of titles and pieces of music in lists to YouTube and as soon as a user with a German IP address wants to access it, he is prohibited from doing so. Always also with a friendly hint and apology from Google YouTube. Of course, these blocks can also be easily circumvented with a VPN service and it would also be legally completely legal to do so. Because GEMA cannot dictate to a user whether he connects via encrypted VPN tunnels for his own protection or for security reasons. If in this country the broadcasting is not limited by treaties or laws, then that's just the way it is. The only exception would be if this was done on a commercial basis and with the intention of making a monetary profit, but this does not apply to private individuals.