[mythtv] imdb replacement? themoviedb.org
awithers at anduin.com
Thu Nov 13 21:50:04 UTC 2008
> 1) TMDb is actually based on OMDB just with an easier to use API and a
> focus around fan art and posters. As a media center enthusiast myself,
> I've been able to tailor TMDb to be more of a "resource for media center
> enthusiasts BY a media center enthusiast".
Yes, I did read the information pages on your site and glanced at the forum.
> 2) All of the content on TMDb has originated from 3 sources. OMDB,
> movie-xml.com and user submitted. We don't do any scraping, nor do we
> plan to based on as you mentioned, ticket #27.
My only point is that your initial response to the feature request
wasn't "no that violates IMDb's terms of service and probably copyright
law and will never happen".
> 3) Further to my point #3, were you under the impression after reading
> ticket #27 we _were_ going to start scraping IMDb?
> I thought that ticket
> was pretty clear that we were never going to do this. We want our
> content to be 100% user generated much like Wikipedia.
Which is exactly what we are looking for, I had hoped to find it. My
worry is that some percentage of that content is generated from that
highly creative process involving both copying and pasting.
> In regards to what I consider to be "abuse" well, yesterday a couple of
> IP's were scraping every single page on our site. That's abuse. XBMC
> hits our API around 8000 times a day. That's NOT abuse. I wouldn't very
> concerned with this. If you stay legit there's no worry of anything
For any script actually packaged with MythTV, published terms will be
complied with. If this currently is limited to not scrapping the whole
site it would not be a problem.
> Hope that clears some stuff up, all I am trying to do is create the
> best open source movie data round and unlike other choices out there
> make it as easy as possible for developers and applications like Myth
> use that data.
Most of the clarification was directed at bits that were clear. Mine was
a process objection not a result one.
I have some of the same worries about omdb.org. There are user
submissions of copyrighted material, taken directly from IMDb, in
omdb.org data. omdb.org at least has a copyright abuse address, the
usual notice about movie posters and has some evidence of cleaning out
bad submissions (though somewhat less than thoroughly).
I'm not sure if wagering against C-61 (or similar) or the EUCD is safe.
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