So, sharing a publicly broadcasted show after it has aired is illegal?
CHR1S (22nd January 2009)
Thanks for all the info guys (and galls?)
It just seems really stupid to me, you can PVR MOTD or News at 10 to your PC and its legal but download the exact same show off a P2P of your choice and your breaking the law.
ho hum lol
I think it's more to do with protecting the value of the broadcasts. The networks have no control over P2P, whereas with their own solutions include time limits and mean that they can only offer media when they want to - so people can "catch up" but not watch the DVD for free, for instance.
They have no control over my DVD/PVR remote in the same way as they do over P2P and I can skip the adverts in just the same way.
Im starting to come to a conclusion that its manufactured demand, so that subsequent DVD or PPV sales are minimaly afected.
So heres a new angle, I record every episode of a series on my DVDR from a broadcast off BBC1. I then edit the DVD to remove the padding before and after the show and then reburn it. In effect making myself a DVD compilation.
I have supposedly not broken any laws and saved myself £30+
You've probably broken the "length of storage" of recorded programs law (I assume it still exists) and probably infringed the copyright . I've never heard of either being prosecuted on, but that doesn't mean that the laws won't be brought into use if/when it suits nor make the acts legal. Yes a lot of people do it, and I'm not criticising them, merely pointing out that it is tolerated rather than approved of.
As my previous post - I agree that a lot of it is to protect DVD sales, but also to protect copyright.
As for what's the difference about using P2P; it's that if you keep your "own" copies they're used by you - use of a P2P network distributes the work to thousands/millions. Even using newsgroups (where you're only downloading rather than sharing) encourages the posting of copyrighted works for free distribution to large numbers of people.
What you can't do is lend out that DVD compilation to anyone else (I think even for free) and that's the key difference from P2P (which is easy so lots of people do it and money is possibly lost)
Its more of a covering my own back situation as we are looking to digitise our old VCR collection and was thinking of looking to see if others had done it for us lol.
But once again I would imaging even that is illegal now ha!
Thanks again all for the input, lots of questions answered
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