[mythtv-users] tivo patents cover mythtv?
beww at beww.org
Sun Mar 7 00:19:59 UTC 2010
On Saturday 06 March 2010 05:02:47 pm Mark Knecht wrote:
> They want royalties in the U.S. from Verizon, Time-Warner, Comcast
> right? Myth is meaningless in terms of keeping them alive.
> I would still contend that as long as Myth has a defensible
> 'BitTorrent' type argument as to why it exists (and I'm not sure it
> does but something for readers to think about, playing DVDs,
> YouTube/Hulu files, etc.) and that time shifting TV is only one thing
> it does, and then only if the end-user buys the hardware and sets it
> up, then it falls to Tivo to sue every individual using Myth and not
> an individual company. It's pointless. They won't do it. We're not
> sharing TV recordings like the RIAA saw with BitTorrent and stolen
> music and movies so there's no great intellectual property issue with
> the content providers.
I agree that TiVo is unlikely to go after Myth or its users, doing so would
violate the primary tenet of the law profession: "Never Sue Poor People".
Myth does not hurt them, and the lack of Myth would not help them.
Heck, if Tivo is looking for developers they would be well-advised to seek out
The fact that TiVo stretched the letter of the GPL to close to the breaking
point (resulting in the GPL v3) left a bad taste with a lot of OSS advocates,
but that's another topic.
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