As widely reported this morning:
CallPlus to axe Global Mode in deal to settle legal action
Internet provider CallPlus and Bypass Network Services will withdraw GlobalMode in New Zealand to end legal action brought against them by television companies.
GlobalMode, which was developed by Auckland firm Bypass, is provided free by CallPlus and is used by tens of thousands of its customers to access services that are supposed to be blocked in New Zealand for copyright reasons.
CallPlus, which owns the Slingshot, Orcon and Flip internet brands, confirmed it would stop offering GlobalMode on September 1.
Broadband users can still circumvent blocks on overseas television services by using overseas intermediaries, such as UnoTelly and Unblock-US, that charge about $5 a month to disguise the location of customers’ computers.
According to the NBR the legal action was brought by Sky TV, TVNZ, MediaWorks and Spark.