[mythtv-users] (was) MythTV vs Media Center
beww at beww.org
Sun Jan 21 19:19:23 UTC 2007
On Jan 21, 2007, at 11:32 AM, Bob Sully wrote:
> This is a result of the fact that Microsoft is in bed with the media
> companies. I am not an attorney, but I do recall the "fair use"
> which states, in effect, that you are free to use content that you
> paid for in any way which does not infringe upon the rights of the
> copyright holder (back in the day that meant making backup copies
> of your
> CDs (or an extra one for your car) as long as you didn't sell them
> or give
> them away). The minions behind the DMCA seem to have forgotten
> about that
Microsoft is "in bed" with the Hollywood types because that is the
only way they can get some of the content they want. Much as I
dislike MS I do not blame them totally for the situation.
Cracking CSS without the proper license is a violation of the DMCA
regardless of what you do with the content after that. The DMCA and
"fair use" are in total conflict, a fact which does not seem to
bother those who sought to get it enacted or those who enacted it.
> Oh, well. So what. I paid for that DVD, I'm paying for my cable TV
> service. The fact that the cable company encrypts content on the
> feed that I pay for because they want to force me to rent their
> crappy DVR
> is galling.
It's even worse, I *do* pay for their crappy DVR, I just don't use
it, so I feel I am morally OK. I am not cheating anybody out of
anything, but I still can't do what I want. They certainly seem to
get upset if I disconnect it from the phone line though, even though
any call, even 800 numbers, costs me money since it is an IP line.
> There was the notion of nonviolent civil disobedience back in the
> '60s and
> early '70s which helped bring about astounding change. Change doesn't
> happen without questioning laws which are felt to be unjust.
Awareness of the problems is the necessary first step, and discussing
them here is a good thing IMHO, even if it might not be the best
forum. Every Myth user should be aware of these issues, but I
certainly wouldn't blame Isaac if he told me to shut up :-) (actually
I suspect he doesn't read this list anymore, probably reads the "dev"
list where the real work is done).
Every Myth user should be a member of the EFF at the very least, I
wonder how many are ?
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