Bell Exec Says Using VPN’s To See US Netflix is “Stealing”

Here’s something that caught my attention. Bell Media’s new President Mary Ann Turcke made a very curious statement yesterday at the Telecom Summit in Toronto. Here’s what she said via the CBC:

“It has to become socially unacceptable to admit to another human being that you are VPNing into U.S. Netflix,” she said, “like throwing garbage out your car window — you just don’t do it.”


“Not only does society not scold anyone for stealing content — we feature ‘how to’ articles in our national newspapers educating the masses on how to get around copyright law.”

I’m sure the fact that the rights to some of the content that people are accessing via VPN on the US version of Netfilx because they can’t easily get it in Canada happens to be owned by Bell has nothing to do with her statements. Read into that what you will.

As an aside, Ms. Turcke is the replacement for Kevin Crull. You might remember him as the guy who meddled in the affairs of CTV News when he was mad at the CRTC and then was forced to resign under a cloud.

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