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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Professor Marketa Trimble Talks About TV and Geo-blocking in The Wall Street Journal

Marketa Trimble is a professor of law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On April 14, Professor Trimble was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal for an article titled “There Are Ways TV-Loving Expats Can Get Around the Dreaded ‘Geo-Block.’”

Professor Trimble shared her insight on cybertravel in the article, which discussed the subject of expatriates who stream video from services such as Netflix, Amazon or Hulu, and the means to which they go to circumvent geo-blocking, a practice used to prevent people in one country from accessing content in another. Now, however, there are companies that have capitalized on this niche opportunity to make the process easier.

“It’s important to read the terms of service to see if the terms preclude using geo-location evasion services,” said Professor Trimble. “…There are different laws in various countries and people should be aware of it. Very few people realize that if they use the Internet while they are in different countries, they are also subject to different laws… The fact is that with these geo-blocking evasions the user typically does not cause much damage.”

In her research, Professor Trimble focuses on intellectual property and issues at the intersection of intellectual property and private international law/conflict of laws.