[mythtv-users] Any cord-cutters using MythTV?

Brian J. Murrell brian at interlinx.bc.ca
Wed Jun 13 12:58:07 UTC 2018

On Wed, 2018-06-13 at 08:27 -0400, Michael T. Dean wrote:
> On 06/13/2018 06:16 AM, Brian J. Murrell wrote:
> > I'm not sure if this discussion is getting into the area of not
> > being 
> > allowed on this list as I don't think any of it ventures any
> > further 
> > into copyright infringement than MythTV (like VCRs, before them,
> > and 
> > Tivo, etc.) already goes which is to say that it doesn't according
> > to 
> > established fair use rules and timeshifting. I don't think the use
> > of 
> > libwidevide is offside for the list either as it's just using it
> > for 
> > what it was intended which is to legally decode DRM'd video.
> Fair use for time shifting is allowed by copyright laws (and, FWIW,
> when 
> using MythTV for time shifting as allowed under fair use, MythTV is
> not 
> being used for infringing copyright--just clarifying as your comment 
> almost makes it sound like MythTV and VCRs and TiVos are used to
> violate 
> copyright laws).

Yeah.  I could see that if somebody didn't read/comprehend the "which
is to say that it doesn't according to established fair use rules and
timeshifting" part.

> However:
> Section 103 (17 U.S.C Sec. 1201(a)(1)) of the DMCA states:
>     No person shall circumvent a technological measure that
> effectively
>     controls access to a work protected under this title.

But is using libwidevine circumventing anything?  IMHO, it's not, but
is using it exactly for what it was intended and doesn't depart from
what Chrome is using it for, which is to view content.

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