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|Originally posted by theedge|
Does anyone think that, if it doesn't get taken out via a loss in a lawsuit, that the commercial skip will trickle down to the older ReplayTV/Showstoppers? I mean is it a hardware or software feature? Will they need to maintain 2 versions of firmware to support both types of DVRs or will it be added in 4.0 or something?
|Originally posted by hroeder|
I've read all of these articles. The smoke and mirrors over commercial skip isn't what this is about. They're afraid of two things:
1. The network capabilities. Distributing a program over a network, especially DSL or cable modem, could potentially be "rebroadcasting".
|Originally posted by NJChris|
But you can give a copy of a tape to a friend or friends by hand.. it's just the distribution channel is different.
|Originally posted by RandyL712|
But even doing THAT is illegal, isn't it? So making it easier to break the law is an issue.
They may not go after people who makes tapes for a friend, but that doesn't make it legal.
|Originally posted by scochran666|
Actually, under the current legal (as opposed to corporate) interpretation of "Fair Use", it is legal to make a couple of copies for friends or relatives. The big issue that they got Napster on was the unrestrained distribution. AIMster is using just this interpretation of fair use to try to slip under the radar scope - it only distributes to your "Buddies". I don't think that it will fly long-term - just being on a buddy list is probably not restrictive enough for the courts.
We are in the middle of a war between what the law sees as "fair use", and what the corporations want "fair use" to be. Under the law, we have a reasonable amount of lattitude over who, how and why we can share with others. Under the corporate interpretation, they don't want us sharing with ourselves (ripping MP3s for personal use). They don't even want us to have the right to skip commercials.