[mythtv-users] The Boxee Box

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Fri Dec 11 02:33:03 UTC 2009

On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 3:05 PM, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:
> 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).

The RIAA music cases are arranged by the RIAA but all the suits are in
the name of the individual record companies, hence Sony v Tenebaum;
Arista v Does; Capitol Records v Thomas etc etc.

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