[pp.int.general] Swedish Pirate Party on BBC Newsnight

Thomas Burke mrthomasjburke at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 11:25:24 CEST 2009

Yay they mention the irish party (in a slightly offhand comment)

2009/7/24 David Arcos <david.arcos at gmail.com>

> On Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 4:38 AM, Andrew Norton <
> andrew.norton at pirate-party.us> wrote:
>> Glenn Kerbein wrote:
>> > The BBC's iPlayer is notorious. They refuse to rebroadcast their video
>> > content over the internet to non-UK residents. I've run into this issue
>> > several times personally, and have felt alienated by their lockdown on
>> > (subjectively important) bits of culture.
>> Well, thats mainly down to how the BBc is funded. There are some
>> commercial arms, but the TV shows on their main channels (including
>> Newsnight, which is one of their flagship shows, as is paxo) is funded
>> not through advertising, but through the TV license fee. As such the
>> decision to allow only UK residents to watch, and to use the bandwidth
>> they have to provide, is commensurate with the providers of the license
>> fee that makes that possible. I really, personally, don't have a problem
>> with this. If you really want to watch UK TV, you can either get a uk
>> proxy, or find a uk tv show torrent site (there's a few)
> IMHO the problem it's not that they refuse to give the bandwith to the
> non-UK residents, but that they don't allow the non-UK residents to share
> and host  the show.
> The first can be seen as an economical issue ("free beer"), while the
> second whould be about a control measure ("freedom of speech").
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