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The Hollywood Reporter quotes Ariel Thomas in an article about Netflix’s clampdown on users who use VPNs and proxy services to access the U.S. streaming service

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“Netflix cracks down on Canadian proxy access to U.S. Service” by Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter The Hollywood Reporter quotes Ottawa copyright lawyer Ariel Thomas in an article about the Netflix clampdown and the consequences for ‘unblocker’ services.


Ariel Thomas, an Ottawa-based copyright lawyer with the legal firm Fasken Martineau, said Canadian copyright law is unlikely to make local VPN users criminally liable for accessing the U.S. Netflix service without authorization.


But VPN pirates could face a lawsuit by copyright owners. "It’s not a crime, but it could result in a court requiring the border-hopper to pay civil damages," Thomas said.


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