Virtual Discrimination?

discriminationYes, the title is indeed correct, and it is something I am going to talk about in my upcoming book (sometime this year) in more context and depth. However I can’t not mention in a few words this horrible trend that shows up more and more on the internet: virtual discrimination. What do I mean by that? “This video is not available in your region…” ; “We’re sorry, but access is not allowed from your country” and many other similar messages, all geographic region-oriented.

Apparently some companies starting with Youtube, CBS, ABC, NBC and some others decided that the Internet is not Internet, it’s just a virtual real-estate they can use WITH political barriers. If you are not an American, sorry, let me correct myself, if your machine is not on American territory, you can not access for example Amazon free mp3 downloads, you can not watch the latest Lady Gaga video on Vevo, you can’t access the free shows from CBS and Showtime, or use this, or download that. If your ass is not in the USA, don’t even try. And here we were thinking that once we have the Internet, we can get shit from other countries. If you now think that allright, we can do without the Americans, think again, because this idiotic trend is starting to grow roots in Europe too: Germany, France, Romania, Spain and I think even Hungary are all adopting it on some level. Now, this is not necesarily something political, don’t get me wrong, and read into this more than there is. It’s all about copyright, and copyright holders. If EMI does not hold copyright for a german song in Spain, you just don’t get to see the video on Youtube. I am not an expert on copyright laws but I do know they’re by default wrong, and turn the Internet into a very unfair place, where, based on where you live, you get or you don’t get to see, listen or download stuff.

This, I believe, was not supposed to happen, but this is what happens when you give a smart tool to an ape. He’ll start chewing on it, bending it, hitting it to a tree, tests its breaking point, until it does break. Instead of shaping today’s society based on the fundamental laws of the internet, they did and are doing the exact opposite, shaping the internet to a broken society.


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