[mythtv-users] MythTV and BitTorrent?

Jay R. Ashworth jra at baylink.com
Fri Jul 18 15:50:05 UTC 2008

On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 12:42:27AM -0500, Dewey Smolka wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 11:42 PM, Will <will at st0rage.org> wrote:
> > You don't seem to differentiate between copyrighted works and things
> > that are public.
> Neither do Hollywood attorneys.
> I suspect my opinions on what ought to be considered fair use are very
> close to yours. But neither I nor the community at large is willing to
> put the MythTV project at risk to fight that battle.

We aren't *discussing* fair use, Dewey.

We are discussing *programs which are released for distribution by
their copyright owners*.  Please don't conflate the two.

> I also suggest users refrain from discussing on official forums the
> ways and means of activities that allow the suspicion of less than
> legal behavior.

In Soviet Amerika, Copyright Owners pwn *you*.  Got it.

> > Sites like http://www.legaltorrents.com/ are useful, and I find it
> > surprising that MythTV would 'strongly discourage' the use of this
> > useful open source protocol.
> I don't disagree that BT is an extremely useful and powerful tool. And
> I don't think you'll find that Myth discourages in any way your use of
> the protocol for whatever reason.
> Nobody is telling you not to enjoy all the wonderful content on
> legaltorrents, and nobody is going to inquire about or censure you on
> your Father Ted collection (which mysteriously has the station
> insignia of a channel not available at your home).
> Further, nobody is telling you that you can't develop your own code to
> integrate legaltorrents into your Mythtv system.
> The list owner, however, has made it clear that discussion of
> integrating BT into Myth is not welcome on this list, and most of us
> here respect that wish and understand perfectly why it is a valid
> concern.

The more content is validly available via p2p, and under CC licensing,
the less I understand, or agree with it... and I don't think this
metaconveration is at all uncalled for, as you seem to.

-- jra
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