[mythtv] virtual tuner via BitTorrent plug-in

Nick Morrott knowledgejunkie at gmail.com
Mon Apr 16 10:01:16 UTC 2007

On 16/04/07, Martin Long <mythtv at longhome.co.uk> wrote:
> 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.

The former is infringing copyright if the ripper does not hold the
copyright or a license to copy the material, irrespective of the DMCA.
Mastering and duplication is typically carried out under license with
the rights holder's permission, or by the rights holder itself.

Although libdvdcss is not provided with MythTV (and even some distros)
and is not always required to rip copyrighted material, the
integration of IMDB lookups for DVD rips within MythVideo and album
art lookups in MythMusic is part of MythTV and these would certainly
appear to be looking for the presence of copyrighted material on the

> 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
> elsewhere.

The DMCA is *part* of copyright law in the US, specific to creating
and/or using technologies to circumvent copy protection schemes. A
user would still be breaking the law even if libdvdcss was not
required in order to rip such copyrighted material.

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