[mythtv-users] Legality of selling MythTV and its Components?
jesse at wingnet.net
Tue May 2 20:50:08 UTC 2006
Joe Votour wrote:
> --- Rob Goretsky <rgoretsky at hotmail.com> wrote:
>> I am interested in building preconfigured MythTV
>> boxes and then selling
>> them. I plan on donating a percentage of my profits
>> directly to MythTV
>> development, and will contribute code updates/fixes
>> to MythTV.
>> I have looked through these archives for information
>> about some legal issues
>> surrounding the retail resale of preconfigured
>> MythTV boxes, but this is all
>> I have found so far:
>> 1) Including DVD ripping software is illegal.
>> 2) Including DVD playback program is illegal.
>> 3) Including any ROM images for video games (for
>> MythGame) that are not
>> owned by me is illegal.
>> Other than these points, are there any other legal
>> issues that I should be
>> aware of when planning on selling preconfigured
>> MythTV boxes? Can anybody
>> point me to a good reference on this?
>> Thank you for your help!
>> Rob Goretsky
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> Don't forget:
> 4. MP3 (used for software encoding/frame capture
> cards) is patented (by Fraunhofer, I think)
> 5. MPEG-4 (used for software encoding and sometimes
> transcoding and playback) is patented.
> 6. MPEG-2 (used for playback) is patented.
> Although those three items are handled by GPLd
> software (LAME and ffmpeg/libmpeg), you would still
> have to negotiate royalties with the patent holders if
> you sold the machines in a country where the patents
> are honored.
> (Yes, if you live in the United States and you use
> MythTV there's a very good chance you're infringing on
> peoples' patents. They don't come after us, probably
> for the reason that it would highlight the flaws in
> the patent system and spoil it for them.)
So sell the hardware and create an open source project to host the software.
jesse at wingnet.net
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