Netflix Wants to make Netflix Global, a service which makes VPN Piracy Obsolete. But will movie and TV studio’s be willing to offer Global licensing agreements instead of traditional geographical agreements.
This comes not long after the EU announced their Digital Single Market Strategy, where the EU plan on removing Geo-Blocking in Europe, take down digital discrimination and update copyright law.
Here is what Netflix’s CEO, Reed Hastings, had to say on the issue of VPN piracy
“The VPN thing is a small little asterisk compared to piracy,” “Piracy is really the problem around the world.”
“The basic solution is for Netflix to get global and have its content be the same all around the world so there’s no incentive to [use a VPN]. Then we can work on the more important part which is piracy,”
“The key thing about piracy is that some fraction of it is because [users] couldn’t get the content. That part we can fix. Some part of piracy however is because they just don’t want to pay. That’s a harder part. As an industry, we need to fix global content,”
VPN Piracy is a small problem compared to true piracy, as user of VPNs on services like Netflix have shown that they are willing to pay for their content, despite the fact that the content may not be available in their country. One big example here is Anime, where many people in the world have very few options when it comes to legitimately accessing the content.
The solution to VPN piracy is simple, for the rights-holders for movies and TV shows to sell Global agreements for the distribution of digital media. The question now is if the rights-holders are willing to make this change.
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