Well this one does not really add up….
Nick Murray, whose company CJZ produces The Checkout, is calling for a clampdown on Australians using virtual private networks (VPNs) to access content from overseas.
Asked by Mumbrella if VPNs should be illegal, Murray said, “It should be. It should absolutely be regulated somehow to make it so people in Australia shouldn’t use VPNs.” Murray defended the arrangement of selling content by territory saying “that’s how we get our money” adding: “The people who say we should get rid of the geo-blocker, it’s just bizarre, as that is how content is sold.”
The Checkout, as you may recall, spends much of its half hour championing the rights of the consumer and advising them how to work within the legal rights of fine print.
Even CHOICE magazine has openly published on the legal ways Australians can use VPNs.
Back in 2011 Hungry Beast, told viewers “If you are nervous about your privacy online, conscious that every website you visit might be tracked, recorded and analysed by others, don’t worry, there are ways
around the problem. One of those solutions is a VPN, or Virtual Private Network. Using a VPN allows you to visit websites anonymously, masking your computer’s IP address. This story by Hungry Beast’s Lewis Hobba and Patrick Clair explains how it works.”
The show was produced by Zapruder’s Other Films, which later merged with Cordell Jigsaw to form CJZ.
Murray had really better hope that well-informed Australian consumers don’t mark this one down for the F.U. Tube.