Amidst rumors that Netflix might be cracking down on users who hide their location in order to access movies and TV shows in different regions (Netflix is doing no such thing), many people began asking questions about VPN and DNS services. We took time to dispel some of those rumors, and we’re going to do the same today.
A lengthy article published by The Globe and Mail earlier this week took a detailed look at VPN, what it is, its benefits, and whether or not it is legal – we will break down the facts for our users in this short overview of VPN and what it means to use services that hide your location.
Note: the original article is written for Canadian VPN users but the information in this article is relevant for users ANYWHERE in the world.
It’s no secret that Netflix has different content in different countries. That means you may be able to watch Sons of Anarchy in the USA but not in Canada or France. Maybe you can watch Tangled in the Netherlands but not in the United Kingdom. You can watch Suits in Mexico but not in the USA. That’s pretty confusing right? Also, isn’t it unfair that some countries get 6,000 TV shows and movies while others only get half of that when we all pay the same price? Shouldn’t we be able to browse ALL of the movies and shows available to other Netflix users?
Netflix explains these show and movie limitations happen due to licensing restrictions that certain countries have. Users aren’t buying it. They want all the content and they’re getting it through VPN and DNS providers such as Unblock Us. These services mask your IP address and allow you to virtually reside in any country of your choice. Therefore if you want to watch Dallas Buyers Club, you can go on a site like Moreflicks and see which Netflix region the movie is available in, log into Unblock Us, change your region accordingly, and be watching the movie in seconds
Are these services legal? In short yes. As we mentioned before, Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, “The Copyright Act does not make it illegal to use a VPN to access overseas content”. He continued, “While content providers often have in place international commercial arrangements to protect copyright in different countries or regions, which can result in ‘geoblocking’, circumventing this is not illegal under the Copyright Act”.
Do you think using services that conceal your geographic location is wrong? Let us know below! Want a list of services you can use to access your favorite movies and shows? Click here.