[mythtv-users] Legality of selling MythTV and its Components?
mythtv at gotontheinter.net
Tue May 2 21:40:14 UTC 2006
On Tue, 02 May 2006, Anthony Vito did have cause to say:
> It's not a tricky question at all. You can't sell mythboxen in the US
> without violating the license. End of discussion. Negotiate a license
> before you start to plan you business. It's going to be in the 7
> figure range, good luck!
You can't sell CONFIGURED mythtv boxes. So firstboot (or whatever) needs to
prompt for zap2it account info and/or not use it. That doesn't stop the
distribution/sale of mythtv boxes.
> I'm shocked they allow zap2it to distribute TV listings at all. They
> are already crushing/cripling TiVo right out of business. Lets not
Lets not get confused here - the mythtv issue is about guide data, the
issues tivo has had are generally about actual shows and other content.
(Unfortunately, free or not, myth lives or dies in the US based on how tivo
does on that front..)
And with EPG, HD-OTA boxes can do without guide data entirely (ok, thats a
lie, EPG sucks, at least where I am. But still.. its possible.)
Sorry, but I'm afraid your issue is an overreaction. HE cannot redistribute
or sell the zap2it guide data. That doesn't prevent him selling a box
without it and saying "you need to go work something out here to get the
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