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Exit node problem

Exit node problem

Posted Jul 16, 2011 15:07 UTC (Sat) by fuhchee (guest, #40059)
In reply to: Exit node problem by rwmj
Parent article: Phantom: Decentralized anonymous networking

"So in my case it'd just be the BBC networks."

OK, but why would someone want to use tor to access the bbc?


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Exit node problem

Posted Jul 17, 2011 17:42 UTC (Sun) by anselm (subscriber, #2796) [Link]

AFAIR, the BBC's back content is officially only available to people with a paid-up British television licence. Since you can't get a British television licence unless you're in the UK, the BBC, maybe understandably, restricts access to the relevant servers to clients with an IP address that is located in the UK.

There seems to be a market for UK-based proxy servers especially to allow people from outside the UK to get at the BBC servers. Presumably using a Tor exit node inside the UK would also do the trick.

Personally I'd be happy to pay the Beeb to be allowed to access their programming from here in Germany. For all the griping the Brits do about the BBC, much of what they're broadcasting is still way better than the vile stuff we're stuck with hereabouts.

Exit node problem

Posted Jul 17, 2011 18:41 UTC (Sun) by fuhchee (guest, #40059) [Link]

"AFAIR, the BBC's back content is officially only available to people with a paid-up British television licence."

That's true, but there are two problems with that. I'm pretty sure rwmj is not interested in become a high-bandwidth multimedia proxy. Also, it is somewhat likely that he is not interested in assisting vicarious copyright infringement.

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Posted Jul 17, 2011 23:21 UTC (Sun) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239) [Link]

The current legal state is that you only need a license to watch the BBC's live streams, not the back content. http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/help/playing_tv_pro... has more on this.

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Posted Jul 18, 2011 7:12 UTC (Mon) by anselm (subscriber, #2796) [Link]

OK, but you can still only get at the BBC's back content from UK-based IP addresses (for the time being, anyway). So there's a certain demand for shady arrangements that let people appear to be in the UK when in reality they aren't.


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