[mythtv-users] MPAA wants to stop DVRs from recording some movies

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Tue Jun 10 18:32:27 UTC 2008

On Tuesday 10 June 2008 12:21:12 Jay R. Ashworth wrote:

> It's not piracy.  The first sale doctrine has been upheld for
> *software*, fercrissake; I'm absolutely certain it applies to movies.
> So, as long as you're not charging admission, you play back that movie
> you *purchased* on any device you like, Brad.

I agree that as long as you're not selling copies or charging admission you 
are not likely to have the FBI knock on your door.

But, as I understand it, it is a technical violation of the DMCA to even watch 
a commercial DVD on your Linux box in the USA.

The famous "Betamax" decision seemed to say it's OK for me to record something 
and view it later, but Hollywood seems to be trying to overturn the spirit of 
that decision.


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