[mythtv-users] Card sharing

Robert McNamara robert.mcnamara at gmail.com
Thu Dec 31 01:33:51 UTC 2009

On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM, freedenizen <freedenizen at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 5:07 PM, Robert McNamara
> <robert.mcnamara at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Please read the link.
>> "Discussion of any topics that may be considered illegal or
>> questionably legal in any of the areas that MythTV developers and/or
>> users reside (especially the United States as the mailing lists are
>> hosted in the United States) is prohibited.
> <snip>
>> Important thing to note is that it *doesn't matter* if it's legal
>> where you are, it's that it's illegal where the MythTV devs, who
>> absorb liability for the actions of this project, reside.
>> You don't have to like it, but the least you can do when you are
>> getting the software for free and not paying project legal bills is
>> respect the rules.
> Actually the rules state if it is illegal where any user resides not
> to discuss it either, so I guess we shut the whole thing down.  I
> understand the purpose of the rules, but its implementation is a bit
> draconian.  Basically anything the devs aren't interested themselves
> in doing and could be questionable somewhere isn't allowed.  We
> discuss playing back DVDs even though there are countries where
> playing back dvds in linux may be on questionable legal ground, or
> what about making disk images of DVDs, the MPAA sure doesn't like
> that, or ripping CDs, it is possible someone in some country that uses
> myth could be charged with a crime.
> The rules also state that "Discussion of copying and/or distributing
> video obtained via MythTV recording" is not allowed.  Which of course
> is quite vague, is discussion of doing offsite or onsite backups
> allowed?  What about streaming it using mythweb, or downloading it via
> mythweb?  Is it only ok cause a dev finds it useful?  I'm sure that is
> illegal to do somewhere.
> I know the point of these rules is to protect the project and the
> devs, but it seems the rules are only applied to things the devs
> aren't themselves interested in, otherwise watch programming via
> mythweb, mythdvd, and other features wouldn't be open for discussion
> either.

As I said before, you don't have to like it, but it would be really
nice if every time we had to enforce this rule the same people didn't
make it misery to do so.  I'm sorry you don't like it, it's not a rule
that's going to change, and if you would like to discuss it, *please*
feel free to create a forum that discusses such things.  Just don't do
it here, is that so much to ask?


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