Originally Posted by foxeng
So it is perfectly OK for a company to pick the signal out of air FOR FREE just for the cost of the equipment just like anyone else and then turn around and charge others for this FREE signal for a profit? Don't know what you call it, but it smells a lot like stealing to me.
Gee, I need to setup a system where I sniff the cable signals out of the cable passing by my house, with all of the signal egress leaking out of the cable that isn't hard at all! (heck at this point I can do it now. Aim my antenna at the cable line on the pole and watch cable for free!!)At that point, signal is FREE to anyone who can pick it up since it has leaked out of the cable and I am not attached to their system at all, just pulling it out of the air with my own equipment, resell it for my neighborhood and make money too! Oh, wait, I can't do that. Cable calls that "pirating." But if I want to BUY the signals from them and do that for my neighborhood, they are on board with it!!
What's good for the goose, is good for the gander. You can't have it both ways.
Surely you know that the Cable TV business started out doing just that -- delivering free (but unreceivable) signals for a profit. The cable company charged to recover the investment in the infrastructure to deliver the signal.
You must also know that if the cable system is leaking as much signal as you say it is, they will be gigged the next time they have their "fly-over" to check how much they might be interfering with aircraft comms, among other things.
And... what leaks out of their cable is not free for you do re-distribute, because unlike broadcast signals, it wasn't intended to be viewed free-for-nothing.
And... even if you pay for it, you can't distribute it to anyone else (at least not outside your property.)
Are you trying to bait someone? :) And by the way, having it both ways is exactly what the cable companies want!