[mythtv-users] The Boxee Box

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Fri Dec 11 02:05:26 UTC 2009

On Thursday 10 December 2009 06:39:13 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.

In the case of movies from the major studios, I'd guess there is some 
agreement that allows the MPAA to act as the right holder's agent to some 
extent. There may be some smaller independents without such agreements, 
but if the MPAA has good lawyers they would only sue in the case of a rights 
holder they have a contract with, otherwise I don't think they would have 
"standing" to sue at all (IANAL).

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