[mythtv-users] Mythtv torrent downloading
dargosch at gmail.com
Thu Mar 9 16:42:25 UTC 2006
I tought we did not have software patents in Europe. If I am right,
then the discussion regarding AAC and MP3 is relevant to countries
where these monstrous patents are valid.
On 3/9/06, Marco Nelissen <marcone at xs4all.nl> wrote:
> >On the contrary, including legally questionable features (no matter how
> >much we know it's not illegal precisely but used illegally by people) in
> >the core product opens it up to attack. Since this activity
> >(downloading legal torrents) can be handled effectively outside Myth and
> >imported using any number of means, the discussion is unnecessary.
> According to the documentation, MythTV has a dependency on lame.
> I'll admit to not having checked recently, and to not being a lawyer,
> but last I checked lame was an mp3 encoder, Fraunhofer/Thompson own
> patents on mp3, and neither the lame-developer nor its users are
> paying royalties. MythMusic, a standard MythTV plugin, supports the
> AAC format. I betcha nobody's paying royalties for that either.
> Anyway, I'd say that MythTV is *already* the very definition of
> 'legally questionable'. The fact that something could also be done
> outside of MythTV is no reason not to include it. I can listen to
> music outside of MythTV, yet there's a MythMusic plugin. I can
> check the weather outside of MythTV, yet there's a MythWeather
> plugin. I can watch DVDs outside of MythTV, yet there's a MythDVD
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