It would be like California having CBS programming but because you are in Texas then you are not allowed access to it.
Where do I say free? I even state that I would be willing to pay 10 bucks a month to see my favorite CBS tv shows.. I would even be willing to pay to see new movies online, rather than go to the freaking movie theater. But no, there is no such service in Europe or the countries I live in.You say that rights holders are bringing piracy upon themselves. They could eliminate piracy completely if they just put out their content for free in geographically distributed data centers. That's the logical extension of your argument.
The only "local regulation" that is different between Spain and say the UK, is that in Spain it is not illegal to download trademarked content, but it is illegal to sell it and possibly distribute it. That is being changed sadly.. although the download bit by the consumer will require a change in the constitution. But that should in no way what so ever prevent companies in establishing Netflix type content providers in Spain... in fact quite the opposite... if they want to win their argument, they should establish such services to force through stricter regulations on illegal downloading.Here is an alternative point of view: Content owners either can't or won't abide by local regulation to sell legitimately in your area, but these same government entities are obligated to enforce copyright laws and don't so you can freely pirate whatever you want to have. So you say you want to be honest but just can't because THEY are morons. At least you are honest in your law breaking.
There is also no regulation that prevents the establishment of such services... in fact there is one "Spanish Netflix" type system.. well there was last I looked a few months ago when it was launched...but the company only has the rights to old movies (2+ years) and tv series (2+ older seasons showed in Spain) and only if they demand a high price. The monthly charge is 10 euros for limited "unlimited viewing" of 5 year old content, and you have to pay extra to see the "new content", which is only 2 years old.. wtf? Yes it is the content providers that dictate the price not the company that wants to distribute the content.
No the problem is not the illegal downloading, because the illegal downloading is the symptom of the illness called out of touch entertainment industry. If people dont have access to content legally, then they will steal it to get access to it. It is pretty simple.
Yes you would.. trying to keep the status quo instead of evolving... typical conservative types. You have a lack of knowledge on how the music/movie/tv content providers are abusing people world wide and then crying foul.As I indicated, I don't agree with all the tactics that the entertainment industry uses, but I understand why they try.
Explain this... why was it that, Spotify could get clearance from EMI or Warner Brothers or Sony to allow free streaming with ads of music online in places like Sweden, Spain, UK, but not in the US, Denmark and Germany? That the only reason that it was eventually allowed in the US, was that Spotify had to change its business model and limit the amount of times that you could hear music for free with ads... in Europe, but not in the US? WTF? That took years to negotiate, all in the while services like Pandora poped up in the US and ONLY in the US.
Why is that even on Spotify, within the EU, some music is only available in some countries but not in others? It is not like you cant buy it in the shop or on iTunes or Amazon, but the music companies refuse to give Spotify access in said countries..... and you blame the people who download illegally when the companies act like this?
How about the movie A-Team, that was sent out on DVD in Russia, with English sound... 3 weeks before it hit the movie theater in the UK and Spain? Yea you betcha that movie was pirated big time..
Sorry but you can side as much with the entertainment industry as you want, but they, like you, are living the past and need to grow up and smell the sunshine and change their business models faster. They resisted online music so much that it almost killed the industry, and now they are resisting allowing more companies than Apple to distribute their music online and they are failing yet again.
Restricting access based on nationality and region is a very very bad idea in the Internet world.