SpaceX’s Starlink Satellite Network Prohibits Pirating Movies


Elon Musk’s SpaceX has its own satellite network, which provides low-cost internet to remote locations. In fact, SpaceX is going to have up to 12,000 satellites. We still don’t know whether this will ever happen. The size and scale of the project have made many astronomers and amateur skywatchers flinch. They think the bright, orbiting objects will interfere with observations of the universe. However, before Musk makes this project become reality, he and SpaceX should solve much smaller problem. Through this network, many users download copyrighted content. Of course, SpaceX’s Starlink is trying to fight against this. But it seems not everything still works perfectly.

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A Starlink subscriber, “substrate-97,” asked the provider whether it restricts downloading copyrighted content. In response, Starlink said that anyone who pirating movies on SpaceX’s satellite internet service will receive a warning from the company demanding that you stop.  

The full text of the response posted on Reddit is as follows:

“We must insist that you and/or others using your Starlink service refrain from illegal downloads of copyrighted content,” the notice says. “Downloading copyrighted materials without a license may lead to suspension or termination of your service, and put you at risk of legal action by the content owner.”

Everything sounds quite persuasively. But is Starlink fighting against pirating in real? It turns out, the subscriber they were deliberately torrenting over Starlink to see what would happen. Then he added that “been doing it since I got Starlink, so like two months, It’s been pretty low key stuff though. Finally downloaded something from a Fortune 500 company and my assumption was that it was specifically that.” But there is still no move from Starlink.

Anyway, we can confirm that SpaceX’s Starlink is trying to stop piracy like many other ground-based internet service providers. For them, it’s as easy as pie. Once the provider detects a download for a bootleg movie, it can automatically send out a warning to the offending subscriber or do any action it wants.

On the other hand, subscribers can bypass provider’s monitoring. As you guess, we are talking about VPN. The latter can encrypt the connection and stop a broadband provider from logging your internet traffic. In other words, VPN can still help users pirate content.  


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