Posted: 28 Jan 2010 Print Send a link
Attempt by Ken G. in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, to view a YouTube video from Jimmy Kimmell Live from the ABC (of USA) network resulted in this message: "This video contains video from Jimmy Kimmell Live, who has decided to block it in your country." twitpic, 14 January 2010. So VOA could, if it chooses to do so, or if it is directed to do so, use this same capability to observe the domestic dissemination prohibition of the Smith-Mundt Act, by preventing the viewing of its YouTube videos by users in the United States. Update: Sergei S. writes: "The usual anti-US viewers offender, CNN International, has been doing the same thing to its vids on YouTube. Since http://www.youtube.com/user/CNNInternational was launched in the end of 2006, its videos were inaccessible from the US territory." Another reader writes: "The BBC prevents me as an American from viewing the latest Dr. Who trailers on the BBC website."