Friday, January 13, 2012

Fair Use Fridays: How To Watch a Video Blocked in Your Country

This video shows how to use Hotspot Shield, a software that permits IP address masking to bypass controls that make it impossible, in this case, for a German to watch a video created in the U.S. The video shows how to skip ads as well.

I am not suggesting that anyone do this or opining on the legality, it is however important to understand how this type of software works in context of the debates over the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Online Act currently roiling Congress. A U.S.-based person doing this in the U.S. to access materials copyrighted in the U.S. may well violate the Digital Millenium Copyright Act by engaging in this activity. Whether content owners will be pursuing Germans someday who use this software, only time will tell.

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