Some abroad disenfranchised

CNN merged together its live feed and Facebook status updates in an attempt to let users communicate with each other while watching the US Presidential Inauguration. Unfortunately, living abroad, I was blocked from participating. Despite advertising to the contrary, it seems CNN felt the need to block everyone outside of the US from view its live stream. Thankfully other news organisations did permit international users to participate, and I was able to add the social component through direct interaction with Facebook, Skype, and IM.

I think that this event underscores another nasty challenge in the current legal landscape of online video and music. Many services restrict themselves to certain political regions. If the Internet broke down walls and permitted equal access to everyone, recent efforts by some have started to rebuild these (yet inperfect) walls.

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