[mythtv] virtual tuner via BitTorrent plug-in

Martin Long mythtv at longhome.co.uk
Mon Apr 16 08:43:12 UTC 2007

In actual fact, there is nothing wrong with ripping CDs and DVDs in the US,
or pretty much anywhere else. There could be perfectly legitimate reasons
for doing so - they could be your own work, for example, to which you own
the copyright. 

CD/DVD mastering and duplication services would be in a great deal of
difficulty if they weren't able to rip a master. 

What IS illegal, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is the use of
methods to circumvent digital rights management. This functionality is not
provided by mythtv, but by a separate library you have to obtain from

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On Behalf Of Nick Morrott
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Subject: Re: [mythtv] virtual tuner via BitTorrent plug-in

On 13/04/07, Martin Long <mythtv at longhome.co.uk> wrote:
> I agree with Isaac and Rob on this. Whilst projects such as azureus are
> not illegal as such, they promote activities which may strictly speaking
> be outside of the law. Myth has always been a squeaky clean project, and

Out of interest and in light of this last statement, what is the legal
status of ripping copyrighted CDs and DVDs in the US? I'm certain (and
reading a current /. thread on new unplayable Sony DVDs seems to
confirm) that this is still clearly illegal and runs contrary to the
above statement, yet this functionality is provided in each MythTV

> Of course, if you can always use a file sharing program, and watch the
> resulting files using mythvideo - although I would never encourage you
> to do so.

If a user is wanting to download and watch CC-licensed
pod/vod/netcasts, this is precisely the approach I would take (and
do), and media creators suggest.

At the end of the day, having an internet connection is all it takes
to download copyrighted material. P2P programs just happen to make
electronic material (which includes copyrighted works) easier to
locate and often quicker to download. I'm guessing integrating P2P
support into MythTV makes the developers uncomfortable enough (even in
light of the other 'questionable' functionality) to include it in the

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