[mythtv-users] "Odometer" Threads
beww at beww.org
Thu Feb 7 15:34:18 UTC 2008
Mike Perkins wrote:
> Jon wrote:
>> As I understand it, in order to be infringing on a patent, you have
>> to have a retail product that you are making profits off of. I
>> believe that personal, not for profit, use is allowed under US patent
>> law (but I'm not a lawyer, so don't take my word)
> I don't think that would fly. If I made myself a box, which "more or less"
> duplicated the functionality of a TiVo, then they could argue that I have in
> fact made a "profit" in that they are out the cost of the box I didn't buy from
> them. Thin, maybe, but the way lawyers split hairs these days...
I realize logic doesn't enter into it, but:
If I plan to make a product for sale, I can be expected to make a
diligent search to see if I might be infringing a patent.
If I build something for myself in my basement shop, or create a science
fair project, I don't see where I can be expected to incur the expense
of a patent search.
But as I said, logic probably has nothing to do with it.
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