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Bell Media President: “Using VPNs is stealing”

Bell Media President Mary Ann Turcke says watching U.S. Netflix in Canada by using VPNs is stealing. She said it should be frowned upon. At the Telecom Summit in Toronto, Turcke said “It has to become socially unacceptable to admit to another human being that you are VPNing into U.S. Netflix … like throwing garbage out your car window — you just don’t do it.” Read more

BT-Chat.com shuts down after getting a hand delivered letter from MPAA

Founded over a decade ago, BT-Chat.com has grown to become one of the most popular among movie and TV fans. Ever since, this Canada-based website didn’t encounter any problems; however, a few days ago, the site went offline without official explanation or prior warning. It showed the message “Error 791-the internet is shutdown due to copyright restrictions.” Read more

Kamal Haasan counters piracy by releasing “Uttama Villain” online

HeroTalkies posted a tweet saying “Proud to officially release Andavar Kamal Hassan’s @Uttama_Villain in Herotalkies.com. #SupportOriginal”

The hashtag #SupportOriginal links to Kamal Haasan’s dream of a wide reach of films through online medium. To help counter piracy, he released the movie “Uttama Villain” online in HD 1080p with 5.1 surround sound. Read more

VPPA applied to online streaming

Video Privacy Protection Act or VPPA is a law passed in 1988 and designed for video tapes. Courts are starting to define companies’ obligations to stream media under VPPA. This law prohibits any person who’s engaged in the rental, sale or delivery of pre-recorded audio visual materials or video cassette tapes business from disclosing a consumer’s “personally identifiable information” or PII to third parties without their consent. Read more