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Locked Out: Regional Restrictions in Digital Entertainment Culture

Evan Elkins


“This content is not available in your country.” Media consumers around the world regularly run into this reminder of geography’s imprint on digital culture. Despite utopian hopes of a borderless digital society in an era of globalization, DVDs, video games, and streaming platforms include digital rights management mechanisms like region codes and IP address detection systems that block media access within certain territories. Although propped up by national and transnational intellectual property regulation, these technologies of “regional lockout” are designed primarily to keep the entertain ... More

Keywords: digital, distribution, regulation, globalization, digital rights management, geoblocking, video games, DVD, streaming, music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479830572
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479830572.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Evan Elkins, author
Colorado State University

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