[mythtv-users] [mythtv-commits] Ticket #13143: After grabber update to mythfilldatabase

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Thu Oct 5 11:58:38 UTC 2017


On 10/04/2017 06:31 PM, MythTV wrote:
> #13143: After zap2xml update to mythfilldatabase
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>       Reporter:  mccalleyt@…            |      Owner:  stuartm
>           Type:  Bug Report - General   |     Status:  new
>       Priority:  minor                  |  Milestone:  needs_triage
>      Component:  MythTV - Web Frontend  |    Version:  Unspecified
>       Severity:  medium                 |   Keywords:
> Ticket locked:  0                      |
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>   I use zap2xml to get the channel listings and now I can't see listings.
>

Just wanted to send a quick message to let you know--since it's not easy 
to determine due to the author's deception--that the zap2xml program 
(and the mc2xml program) is unsupported and its use is in violation of 
Zap2It's (owned by Gracenote) terms of use and copyright.  Both programs 
have been available from a variety of different domains over the years 
as one domain gets shut down (for promoting copyright infringement) and 
the author moves to another.

The only listings sources for North American users that are not in 
violation of terms of use/copyright are EIT (over-the-air broadcast 
listings on digital TV) and Schedules Direct ( 
http://schedulesdirect.org/ --when used by an approved open-source 
program, http://www.schedulesdirect.org/approvedsoftware , such as 
MythTV).  I'm mentioning this to you since most users of the programs do 
so without any knowledge that they're violating the ToU/copyright.  That 
is actually the worst part of those programs' existence--they encourage 
users to unknowingly do things in violation of terms/copyright and, in 
many cases, prevent them from finding the approved solutions.

Mike


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