Substra-97, a Reddit user, wanted to find out. He recently subscribed to Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite internet service, and wanted to check the service’s response to illegal downloads. He therefore received a copyrighted program from the CBS channel, and the answer was not long in coming.
SpaceX actually sent him a very clear warning:
We must insist that you and / or any other user of your Starlink service not illegally download any copyrighted material. Downloading copyrighted files without a license could cause your subscription to be suspended or canceled and you could take legal action by the content owner.
Starlink encounters local resistance in France
Starlink clearly believes that copyright infringement is against its rules and will not pass. However, it can be determined that the internet user was aware of the risk and tested the responsiveness of the service. Additionally, he states that he downloaded this content without using a VPN, so SpaceX was able to easily find his IP address as a result. On this topic, please see our guide comparing the best virtual private network deals on the market.
As a reminder, the satellite internet offering has just passed the 500,000 customer threshold while the implementation of the service is still ongoing. Ultimately, it is Elon Musk’s idea to compete with the major access providers with equivalent connection quality all over the world.
However, the billionaire’s plans are met with stiff opposition, particularly in France, where local resistance is being organized. The municipality of Saint-Senier-de-Breuvron in Normandy also rejected the installation of the SpaceX infrastructure on its territory during a municipal council.
Recently, the MEPs of the France Insoumise group also tabled an amendment calling for a moratorium on the use of Starlink on French territory.
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