scotartt on Thu, 24 Feb 2000 00:41:14 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> a reporter's questions about web nationalism

I don't think this is necessarily anything new; ever heard of
'localisation' and 'nationalisation'? In Australia, at least, it is the
*norm* for content to be localised. Because we speak english, people (ie
north americans) think Australians are content to view north american
content; this is true for some things, not so true for a lot of others.
Hence a local film industry, TV production rules and so on. Also hence, a
lot of US internet companies have to set up here by partnering with a local
company of some form and making a specialised Australianised version of
their sites (ninemsn,,,,
optus@home, etc). But this is a normal corporate practice here anyway
(large industrials and financials operating here have done this for
decades). Of course that's not the same as restricting the sites to
national-only distribution, anyone can view them if they want to, but
generally, why would they want to, so the effect is essentially the same

As copyright is often 'territorialised' (except in Australia - the only
industrial nation to globalise its copyright regime to the detriment of
local copyright producers), I would say you can expect this to occur more
and more as various big content producers start to enforce those
territorial rights that have been in their contracts the last 50 years.


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Subject: <nettime> a reporter's questions about web nationalism

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