In New Zealand, a legal battle looms over streaming TV

[IDG] A legal battle is taking shape in New Zealand that could result in one of the first worldwide court cases to address the legality of skirting regional restrictions on web content.Several ISPs in the country received a letter last week claiming they’re violating New Zealand copyright law by allowing their subscribers to view streaming video content that would normally be geo-blocked, or restricted based on where they live, as revealed by their IP address.Two ISPs are bowing out of the fight, saying they disagree with the claim but that a court battle would be too expensive. A third, however, plans to continue offering its service, creating the potential for an interesting legal battle.

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