Why? I don’t get it…

Somebody please explain this to me, because I honestly don’t understand:

I feel like there’s more and more videos on youtube where I get this message:

This video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions.

And I don’t get it – what is the advantage of this? I can’t see the video I want, they don’t get me seeing their ads. I don’t get to share videos I like (or see videos other people want to share with me), they don’t get my mouth for their mouth-to-mouth ads.

Please, someone with a better grasp of corporate reasoning/youtube/copyright law, tell me what is behind this? Because it’s frustrating as hell and if I could at least understand it, I’d be a lot happier.

Thank you.


  1. Ah. It all boils down to copyright and well, business logic.

    I assume you’re talking about the likes of Hulu? Their reasoning is that since you’re not the target demographic for the ads they put up (what with you being in a different country and all), why let you watch something for free when they can sell you the DVD>

    • No, I’m talking about youtube, where I can’t access certain videos.

      I completely get Hulu and why only people in the US (and I think in the UK now, too) get to see the videos on there.

      But youtube? Why can’t I see the music video to Jack Johnson’s Taylor when other people (who are not in Austria) apparently can?

      And this happens more and more (or at least it feels like it happens more and more).

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