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Hey everyone,

This question is mostly for people outside of The United States of America.

Time and time again people have been sued for racism. But still all the big websites block there content to people outside of The United State of America. Isn't that a form of racism? This is the same thing as saying that white people (everyone within the U.S.A) can see these videos and 'other' people (everyone outside the U.S.A) can't! That's racism!

Here is a small list of the company's/websites that block there video to people outside of the U.S.A

  1. Hulu
  2. WWE
  3. Youtube (in certain cases)
  4. MTV
  5. Nickelodeon

Are we supposed to just take it?

What is your thought on this?

asked Sep 28 '10 at 16:10

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Oh And Don't forget Bbc Iplayer!!! sticken ip blockers.

(Sep 28 '10 at 20:04) Thyrth Thyrth's gravatar image

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it is not racist, but protects copyright law, the video they play may not yet be allowed to be shown to other countries as it may not have been aired, or may be against the ethics of that country. it is the owner that disallows it from international use, not the website

answered Sep 28 '10 at 16:13

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Tim Fontana

So your saying that if there is a law against Native Americans that it cannot be seen as racism? It's the exact same thing but only to a different group of people.

(Sep 28 '10 at 16:15) zezioen zezioen's gravatar image

please answer my answer with a comment.

and also, I don't understand what you mean there?

(Sep 28 '10 at 16:17) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

Sorry about that.

I meant that you are saying that as long as there is a law against something towards a certain group of people, it cannot be seen as racism. But it is and stays racism!

Racism is treating people differently depending on who they are or where they live.

(Sep 28 '10 at 16:21) zezioen zezioen's gravatar image

It's not racist at all. Sites like Hulu just don't have "permission" to show their content to people outside of the US.

It would, however, be racists if they didn't show videos to people just because of their RACE. For example if Native Americans weren't allowed to watch YouTube, just because they're Native Americans.

answered Sep 28 '10 at 19:56

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Finally ... someone with some damn sense about them. THANK YOU.

(Sep 29 '10 at 13:41) djmoore711 djmoore711's gravatar image

No. That's NOT 'Racism'. It's called 'Censorship'.

Censorship is the suppression of speech or other communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the general body of people as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body.

In the USA, we have Freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech is the freedom to speak without censorship or limitation, or both. The synonymous term freedom of expression is sometimes used to indicate not only freedom of verbal speech but any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. In practice, the right to freedom of speech is not absolute in any country and the right is commonly subject to limitations, such as on "hate speech".

The right to freedom of speech is recognized as a human right under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The ICCPR recognizes the right to freedom of speech as "the right to hold opinions without interference. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression".1 Furthermore freedom of speech is recognized in European, inter-American and African regional human rights law.

answered Sep 28 '10 at 18:23

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Well Hulu is not available here in Canada, and it's Hulu's decision to block it. Our country is not doing the censoring.

(Sep 28 '10 at 18:54) chadt4 chadt4's gravatar image

If Hulu's decision to NOT deliver content to Canada is based on 'Race', then it would be 'Racist'. Otherwise, it would be something else.

(Sep 28 '10 at 21:33) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

Hulu isn't available because of copyright laws. The same reason it took Netflix so long to get here.

(Sep 29 '10 at 18:29) Justin Justin's gravatar image

Well, it's not like 1 particular race is blocked, it's a country (or rather countries). So no, it's not racism.

In Canada we have very different copyright laws than the States. This is primarily the concern, as the content of said sites (other than youtube) is protected by U.S. copyright. As a Canadian I only have to obey Canadian copyright law, and can completely ignore U.S. copyright. Therefore by law the content of say Hulu for example cannot be shown here as long as the content owners say that Hulu and its users must obey U.S copyright (which is most likely in a contract).

To be honest I would much rather keep our copyright laws than be allowed to view Hulu or whatever. I think our copyright laws are fine as they are and giving up the freedom those laws give us just wouldn't be worth it to gain access to a few websites (and besides, there are proxy services if you really want to view them in a country that is blocked).

Youtube is a different story though. Youtube is only blocked in China (as far as I know anyway, are there others? North Korea maybe?) But it's the Chinese Government that is blocking it, not Youtube.

answered Sep 29 '10 at 00:51

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It's not racist because there are people in this country from all over the world and all of them can view it. It all has to do with international policy and legal issues. Even though the internet is supposed to be free from censorship and open to everyone, the rules aren't the same for a television network airing their show to the whole world through those services. If they were to air those shows, people in other countries could rip them from whatever website they were hosted on and put them onto another website and the networks would have no control over. However, if someone was to upload it to youtube, they could just request that the video be removed because Youtube is an American business and they have been through all the legal troubles before.

answered Sep 29 '10 at 10:41

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Racism? No.

Censorship? Not really.

Not having the right to display it outside of the U.S. due to the companies that hold the rights to the media? Yes.

I am an American citizen outside of the U.S. and cannot watch certain YouTube videos or Hulu. I currently use a VPN service that encrypts me back to U.S. based server, and I can now watch them like I were in the U.S. This is not cheating, and it stop the temptation of pirating the media.

answered Sep 29 '10 at 13:46

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Hulu is kind of racist and "forcing" us to go to illegal sites to watch an episode. Like if you missed an episode of some program we in Europe cant see it anymore, that why I visit SurfTheChannel to watch old Mythbuster episodes.

Youtube is stupid for blocking vids, some vids may never air here so we will never see them because of that.

And MTV and Nickelodeon have there own site here.

answered Sep 28 '10 at 16:25

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Maby a good way to hit two birds in just one shot. If all video becomes accessible anywhere than there is no reason for pirating.

(Sep 28 '10 at 16:27) zezioen zezioen's gravatar image

It has nothing to do with race or nationality. It's not like a U.S. citizen could go outside of the U.S. and watch (for example) Hulu, while other people in the country cannot. And if you're really that upset about it then their are plenty of ways to get around this.

answered Sep 29 '10 at 01:19

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I wish that hulu would show all there content over here but i understand it is because of copyright that we can not watch...

answered Sep 29 '10 at 03:55

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This is not racism. If, for example, everyone in the US could watch Hulu but everyone the UK could not, pretty much everybody there is the same ethnicity. I agree with a previous poster this is called censorship.

answered Sep 29 '10 at 06:28

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