[mythtv-users] Big Myth system (2-3 satellite receivers + capture devices, 5 tvs, Samsung DLNA) ?
linux at thehobsons.co.uk
Mon Oct 10 07:13:13 UTC 2011
Jay Ashworth wrote:
>I'm sure there's some universe in which Linux Guy's comment did *not* parse as
>"I'm not trying to engage in criminal behaviour, so don't respond as if I am
>anyway", but apparently *this* universe is not it.
The problem is, that if he is in the US, then he **WOULD** be
engaging in criminal activity using anything but the service
providers approved hardware to watch the service he pays for. That is
the absurdity of the DMCA which makes it a criminal act to try and
watch content you've paid for via any means other than that which is
approved by the content provider. Thus is it legal for him to use a
PVR supplied/approved by the service provider, but not to use MythTV
to watch the same transmission on the same TV set.
Even if the OP was outside the US, the mailing list and many of the
developers are. All it needs is discussion of what to the <insert
almost any country outside of US> based user is completely legal
behaviour and the content providers can serve a DMCA takedown notice
on whoever hosts this mailing list. When that happens, the list
**will** go offline and it's then for the admins to persuade their
hosting company that they haven't actually broken any law and the
takedown notice was issued under false pretences.
Another failing of the DMCA is that there is no penalty for making
false claims like that, and thus it can be used to stifle discussion
in pretty well anything as long as you can claim (correctly or not)
that there was discussion of methods for bypassing "technical
That should explain why discussion of using CI modules etc, even
where it is approved by the service provider as I believe it is in
some cases, is not allowed on this list.
The correct response to that should therefore be "the law sucks, we
need to get it changed". Good luck, the big film studios have more
money than you and own more politicians !
A second issue is that whenever MythTV appears in the media, it's
usually promoted (by the media) as a tool for stealing content. Any
discussion of means to bypass protection, whether legal or not, is
ammunition for that point of view.
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