[mythtv-users] The Boxee Box

David Brodbeck gull at gull.us
Fri Dec 11 01:51:24 UTC 2009

On Thu, December 10, 2009 5:39 pm, Eric Sharkey wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 5:35 PM, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
>> The officlal MPAA-sanctioned solution is a camcorder aimed at the TV
>> screen.
>> Really.
> I know that method has been recommended by at least one MPAA
> representative, but I'm not sure if it's official policy or not.
> In any case, I don't see how it matters what the MPAA thinks in this
> case, since the MPAA itself is not the copyright holder for much.
> Using the analog hole could be viewed as circumventing access controls
> and the fact that the MPAA suggested this will not prevent the
> copyright holder for the work in question from filing a suit.

What the MPAA was doing was suggesting that this provided enough access
for "fair use" situations.  They weren't saying "if you do it this way
it's always legal," they were saying "if you have a legal right to a copy,
this is how you can make one without circumventing our encryption."

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