A lot of people out there couldn’t give a stuff about the TPP because they don’t see it affecting them. This might change their minds:
Watching US Netflix looks set to become an offence
Getting around blocks on overseas online television services such as the United States version of Netflix looks set to become an offence.
Commerce Minister Paul Goldsmith said the Government needed to change intellectual property laws to fulfill the country’s obligations under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.
A discussion paper released by Goldsmith proposed that people would continue to be allowed to circumvent “geo-blocks” on physical items, for example regional blocks on DVDs. But the discussion paper proposes no similar exemption for breaking regional locks on digital services, such as online television services.
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment is inviting submissions on the proposals by March 30.
More to come
Update: Note that since the version quoted above, the piece has been updated to play down the threat.