[mythtv-users] Free US/Canada Listings
Jay R. Ashworth
jra at baylink.com
Fri Sep 7 15:37:17 UTC 2007
On Fri, Sep 07, 2007 at 10:18:49PM +1000, David Segall wrote:
> Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
> > On Thu, Sep 06, 2007 at 11:39:34PM +1000, David Segall wrote:
> >>> How many of them are legal to scrape?
> >> All of them! If scraping was against any State or Federal law then
> >> Google would be in jail. Your next question is "Could the site sue me
> >> for violating their copyright or their terms of service?" The answer is
> >> possibly yes but the most they could obtain is the negligible amount you
> >> cost them by scraping. In any case, they would write to you first asking
> >> you to stop and I suggest you agree because they probably have "free"
> >> in-house lawyers and you don't.
> > This used to be true.
> Exactly which sentence in my post is (now) not true?
"All of them". "Legal" implies "criminal law". Below, you agree with
me that not all copyright law is civil anymore.
> > Copyright used to be *strictly* a civil issue.
> > It's not anymore.
> Those two sentences are true. If scraping is an illegal copyright
> infringement Google could not escape prosecution simply because no one
> is complaining about their activities. Not only are they scraping but
> they are storing the result of their scraping in their own database and
> they are reformatting it and profiting from the results. They are doing
> exactly what a MythTV user wants to do except that the only "profit" for
> a MythTV user is having a locally stored TV Guide.
In fact, Google is embroiled in half a dozen lawsuits about copyright
issues. Copyright law is *extremely intricate*, and "Google is doing
it an nod having officers arrested" is not a valid premise for the
argument "violating copyright law will *not* get you arrested".
Jay R. Ashworth Baylink jra at baylink.com
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