[mythtv-users] Best way to integrate a Netflix feed into Myth ?

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Tue Aug 23 18:55:59 UTC 2011

On 8/23/2011 14:10, Jay Ashworth wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Devin Heitmueller"<dheitmueller at kernellabs.com>
>>> Well, I'm pretty sure the 1999 Diamond Rio MP3 format shifting case
>>> covers ripping your DVDs for private one-at-a-time use, so I can't see
>>> why you couldn't do *that* with your BDs as well, diskspace
>>> permitting.
>> I would suggest not speaking to legal issues, in particular when you
>> appear to be poorly informed. Format shifting has been shown numerous
>> times to not be applicable to DVDs due to the DMCA rules related to
>> DRM (which don't apply to CDs since there was no DRM involved).
> In fact you're correct; I cited the wrong case.  I meant to cite the
> Kaleidascape DVD jukebox DMCA case, which speaks directly to whether
> it's acceptable to rip DVDs (theoretically violating DMCA) for
> non-infringing uses.

This case had nothing to do with DMCA, as no one was violating DMCA or 
performing unauthorized decryption.  Kaleidescape is fully licensed by 
the DVD CCA.  They have a media vault that stores all of your DVDs, and 
requires that the DVD be locked in the system for playback to occur.  
Rather than require a ROM to access the content at time of playback, the 
content is archived to a RAID array, and streamed to the playback 
device, much in the same way MythTV is set up.

The lawsuit was over whether or not Kaleidescape was in violation of 
their DVD CCA license by operating in this manner.  Had Kaleidescape 
been found in violation, they would have lost their license, at which 
point they would be performing illegal decryption in violation of the 
DMCA.  However, since they won the case and kept their license, DMCA 
never factored into this at all.

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