New Zealand ISP Pulled VPN Service after Legal ThreatsAdded: Saturday, April 18th, 2015
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One of the country’s ISPs had to take down its VPN service following legal threats from such companies as Lightbox, MediaWorks, SKY and TVNZ. The copyright owners threatened legal action against any tools that circumvent geo-restrictions on services like Netflix and Hulu. In the meantime, other broadband providers that offer similar products stand firm.
It is not a secret that VPN services have usually been associated with privacy, but it is also clear that they provide much more than a simple way to stay invisible online. For instance, the US residents are able to access BBC iPlayer like any other UK citizen. On the other hand, the British users who look to sample the widest possible Netflix offering can pretend originating from the US.
The entertainment industry didn’t like this game, because it makes licensing agreements meaningless and undermines its ability to set different prices across regions. This is why media companies in New Zealand ran out of patience and moved to a legal action. They all emphasized that they are not taking action against consumers but rather against ISPs.
So, the ISP named Unlimited Internet became the first company to comply with the media companies’ demands and took down its geo-unblocking service. Several Internet service providers in New Zealand received a written notification from the entertainment industry, which reads that VPN services infringe the Copyright Act of 1994.
Unlimited Internet admitted that it has taken down VPN despite not necessarily agreeing with that claim. Thus far, other broadband providers in the country show no signs of getting ready to comply with media companies’ demands, but even if all of them cease their VPN activities, the problem won’t fade away. Local ISPs are not the only providers of VPN services – international companies will be more than happy to do the same for users from New Zealand, making them able to tunnel into any country they choose.
This move may also have a different outcome: Internet users will shun paying for content and go pirating instead. In this case, VPN services will still be useful, but for a different reason. In other words, content owners miss out on the spoils altogether.
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