Netflix Cracks Down on Viewers Spoofing Location to Entry Overseas Exhibits

Netflix Cracks Down on Viewers Spoofing Location to Access Foreign Shows Netflix Cracks Down on Viewers Spoofing Location to Access Foreign Shows

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Netflix is taking steps to thwart customers who pretend their location to be able to get entry to overseas exhibits and films.

Say you needed to observe a British present, however the firm behind it hasn’t found out distribution rights within the U.S. — the one method to watch it on Netflix is to make the service assume you are truly logging in from throughout the pond. This may be achieved with on-line instruments referred to as proxies or digital personal networks — however as a result of it permits individuals to bypass copyright protections, content material suppliers do not prefer it.

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Netflix’s coverage towards proxies has been relatively laissez-faire, however in a weblog publish Thursday the corporate says know-how is now being deployed to stop them from getting used.

"We’re making progress in licensing content material the world over," wrote Netflix’s David Fullagar. "Within the meantime, we’ll proceed to respect and implement content material licensing by geographic location."

The service has certainly only recently expanded to one hundred thirty new nations, however licensing offers are complicated and it might be some time earlier than hit exhibits and films can be found worldwide.