Will licensing issues spoil the online media party forever?


Why can’t people in Sweden or New Zealand (or anywhere outside the US) use Netflix or Amazon Cloud Player if they want? Why can’t Americans watch the latest episode of Doctor Who on the BBC iPlayer?

Technically all these things could be overcome easily, but a licensing system that clings on to an old-fashioned view of the world stops them.

This. Well, and the increasing prices to pay for the increasing licenses.

The internet was meant to breakdown barriers and we seem to be rapidly heading towards small and smaller sub-divisions or islands. An AOL-like portal system where content is ring-fenced with adverts.

Great article and worth a read.


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