[mythtv-users] Data Direct "service"
Michael T. Dean
mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Sat Apr 7 23:50:35 UTC 2007
On 04/07/2007 06:51 PM, David Kramer wrote:
> Bruce Markey wrote:
>> That said, I honestly have always believed that one or more
>> people [AND I AM NOT THAT PERSON] has maintained a copy of the
>> XMLTV North America grabber that can grab from tvlistings.com .
>> If the DataDirect service became unavailable [WHICH I DO NOT
>> ANTICIPATE AND CERTAINLY HOPE DOES NOT HAPPEN], a scraper would
>> come to light [FROM SOMEONE THAT I HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF] and be
>> widely distributed within days [AND I WOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO
>> WITH ITS DISTRIBUTION].
>> [I DIDN'T PLOT TO KILL JFK EITHER!]
> Thinking about DNS and NTP and other servers/protocols, would it not be
> possible for one to write (but not widely distribute) a screen scraper
> that could in turn answer requests and return XML, just as DD does? And
> if a few dozen (or a few hundred) people ran those screen scrapers, then
> everyone else sucked that data, then TMS is not overburdened, no new
> software is needed for myth, and the bandwidth burden is spread.
Re-read the service agreement you agreed to when you signed up for
DataDirect--specifically the part about redistribution. The listings
data is a copyrighted compilation. (And, there's an equivalent
copyright/redistribution clause on the zap2it website, too.)
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