Basically using VPN may not be illegal but many countries are working on new laws to make it illegal.
Geo-blocking - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
However, using VPN to obtain geoblocked content may be illegal in many countries under copyright laws, more in the above link.
But Canada is not one of those. Neither, for that matter, is the US, where Netflix is based. So if, say, Australia made circumventing Netflix's geoblocks illegal, how would that help Bell and Rogers?
And again, you said that Bell and Rogers should go after Netflix for this. My question is still how?
There are many discussion on this site forums about obtaining content illegally by doing downloads using VPN or how to stream copy protected content by using cheap media players after installing different programs. If that is not piracy then I trully do not know what is.
If they are illegal, then report them. I regularly remove posts that discuss illegal sources and services for pirating content. However, as someone who doesn't use these services, I'm only familiar with the most notorious ones, and there are too many to keep up with.
If they are not illegal but simply potentially unethical, like accessing Hulu via VPNs, then they are permitted here. You don't have to use our discuss them, but others are allowed to do so.
TorontoColin, there are some very simple ways that Netflix could stop the majority of it.
Sure, but my question wasn't how can Netflix do this, but rather how could Bell and Rogers "go after" Netflix for not doing so?
I cannot imagine them convincing the federal government to get involved, given the public support for Netflix (not to mention the public dislike of Bell and Rogers). The only group I can see motivating Netflix to change is the content owners. Do the big, predominantly American content owners care enough about their Canadian broadcast deals with Bell and Rogers to risk their deals with Netflix? I don't know.