[mythtv-users] prebuilt pvrs for developers benefit?
james at orrwhat.net
Tue May 4 15:13:19 EDT 2004
On Tue, 2004-05-04 at 14:46, Ed Benckert wrote:
> >>I don't know about that, (as Chris pointed out) it
> >>seems that http://www.digeo.com/
> >>has a way around that.
> > Oh, it's definitly illegal.
> > I pay for HBO. If you download the Sopranos and view it, you got it for
> > free while I paid for it. You've stolen that program in a much more
> > real sense than if you edited out commercials. If enough people do it,
> > it will drive up my cost.
> It's a touchy subject. If I come over your house and watch it, am I stealing
> it and breaking the law? What if you tape it, and give me the tape. Who
> broke the law, you or me? Was a law even broken?
It's the distribution that's illegal. If you come over and listen to a
CD that's fine. If you come over and watch a show, that's fine too.
If I tape it and give it to you, technically that is illegal, but nobody
really cares. Same as if I burned you a copy of that CD we listened to
earlier. If I mass produce 1000's of copies and give them to people all
over town, that might be a different story. That's exactly what you're
doing when you put a file up on a file sharing network.
James Orr <james at orrwhat.net>
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