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I'd like to know why some movies and TV shows are geo-restricted. I read some reasons on the internet about geo-restrictions in general but I would like to learn why it is very strict when it comes to regions or countries? Is it related to financial reasons? or Is it just regulations and copyright rules? I live in Egypt.

Some reasons that I found on the internet:

For a content provider to offer access to their content in every country, they’d need to purchase licensing rights from each individual country.

Does this mean USA should pay Egypt so that I can watch? I think Egypt is the country that should pay so that I can watch, right? Because Egypt should buy this content.

In the UK, a lot of the content on display is made with taxpayer money. So, geo restrictions are used to make sure only UK taxpayers have access to UK content.

Does this happen as well in the USA? For non-taxpayers, why don't providers make them simply pay online instead of blocking the content?

closed as off-topic by A J Mar 22 at 15:09

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is about how a website works, not about movies or TV shows as defined in the help center – A J Mar 22 at 15:09
  • @A J Hello, I just asked this question in Law.stack exchange and the informed me that this place is better – user2824371 Mar 22 at 15:12
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    @AJ I'm not sure I agree that this question is about "how a website works." The core point of the question seems to be about distribution and broadcast rights/agreements, and one of the methods used to ensure those agreements are kept to. – Anthony Grist Mar 22 at 15:46
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    @user2824371 I'm afraid with removing all mentions of "web-site" you also have robbed the question a bit of its clarity. It's not clear what kind of distribution you even talk about here (TV, theatrical releases, streaming services?) and the answer might be different for each of them (though, even the word web-site wouldn't really be too clear about that). What kind of "web-site" is it? I might agree that it seems to be an-topic question in general, but it could use some clarification. – Napoleon Wilson Mar 23 at 13:18
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    You might also want to include where you found those quoted excerpts. – Napoleon Wilson Mar 23 at 13:28

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