[mythtv-users] Cam emulators and myth?

Jos Hoekstra joshoekstra at gmx.net
Wed Sep 22 11:45:05 UTC 2010

  Op 22-9-2010 13:25, Brian J. Murrell schreef:
>> Thus, discussion of using a CAM module (or equivalent) is off-limits
>> because under the DMCA discussion of such is illegal - or at least is
>> likely to be.
> I'm not sure what discussion exactly you are referring to, but how does
> the DMCA cover legitimate use?  TBH, I barely have a passing
> understanding of CAMs, but is *all* use of CAMs illegal?  Are they made
> exclusively to violate content protections or are there legitimate uses
> for them in conjunction with MythTV?

A CAM(1) is simply the device that's used to stick a smartcard in and 
handles decryption of the stream the tuner uses. Most of the time it's 
connected via a CI(+) interface and actually the CAM is the device that 
a lot of content-providers sell or endorse themselves.(2,3). So the CAM 
itself and it's use is not illegal(in NL). However in the US it might be 
and if that's the case, discussion needs to stay off this list.

>> In most cases, the terms of use of the module/viewing
>> card/whatever restricts the use to approved equipment
> To be sure, IANAL, but I don't think the DMCA can be used to enforce a
> ToS.
>> But
>> it doesn't have to actually be illegal - just the fact that it
>> **could** be is enough for someone to get the servers shutdown with a
>> DMCA takedown notice.
> Which of course is wrong and subject to a counter-notice and potential
> penalties, etc.
> b.

Unfortunatey that's the world we live in...


Jos Hoekstra

1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conditional_access_module
2: http://bit.ly/9QSeQn (DVB-C in the Netherlands)
3: http://bit.ly/96lgPn (DVB-T in the Netherlands)

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