[mythtv] MythVideo and IMDb

jedi jedi at mishnet.org
Wed Sep 10 14:11:38 UTC 2008

On Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 08:53:41PM -0700, Anduin Withers wrote:
> The imdb.pl and imdbpy.py (depending on how it is configured) scripts currently violate IMDb's Conditions of Use (http://www.imdb.com/help/show_article?conditions) under License and Site Access -> Robots and Screen Scrapping.
> I've been trying to resolve this issue for some time, without success.
> What I've done:
> Contacted IMDb
> Three times now, with answers ranging from "no" to the most recent:
>   Thank you for your interest in using IMDb.com data.
>   We're sorry but at this time we are not able to grant consent to retrieve
>   data from our site in that fashion.
>   Please be aware that your assumptions about other applications/sites are 
>   incorrect. As previously stated, any application that is retrieving 
>   content from IMDb.com by scraping our pages is doing it without our 
>   consent.
> Contacted Freevo
> They were granted access at some point (though not for images). That access was obtained by asking.
> What is next:
> I'm going to comply with their terms which will likely result in:
>   1. The removal of imdb.pl.
>   2. Instructions for making imdbpy.py work with the downloadable imdb
>      data.
>   3. Find a new site with terms we can comply with.

     There is an MCE plugin similar to mythvideo. They have their own
database and they seem to be willing to allow other people to use it.
This is MyMovies. Has anyone thought of contacting them?

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