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Zach

Fair use allows me to record a television show and give copies to friends. BitTorrent is an extension of that same principle.

Discuss.

Jeff

Fair use does not allow for the distribution aspect, only the personal use and personal archiving of said materials.

Also, I think fair use would be more along the lines of allowing you to record it and then loan your recording, not copies of it, to friends. Either that or let 'em watch it at your place.

"Either that or let 'em watch it at your place."

I got 35,000 of my closest friends coming over tonight to watch!

CJ

Boy are you LOST even watching TV.

I don't watch anything on TV that has a laugh track, is a reality show, is a game show, is a soap opera, or is an alleged news show - IMHO they're all an insult to anyone's intelligence. So, Let's see, that only leaves sports since I use Netflix for movies, and I usually use a DVR to skip the ads for sports shows. If it weren't for sports (also Ebert & Roeper), I could skip TV entirely.

Man, you're dreams have probably been pretty weird after all that. It's like using an IV when you used to just snort a little.

PlungeBob

Zach, that was a troll....but I liked it! :0)

I have been thinking about slurping the second season of Lost...

I will probably get the DVD when it is available.

To CJ:
Lost doesn't have a laugh track, isn't a reality show, isn't a game show, soap opera, or alleged news show. There are still quite a few shows that meet those 'disqualifications'.

I have to agree with your criteria though, I watch none of the above as well. I still watch Mythbusters, PTI, Scrubs (when it's on), Modern Marvels, and some other documentary-type stuff.

Lost rocks. I would jump on Kate.

Can't wait for the 2nd season to release on DVD. Any idea when that will happen?

I've attempted to D/L several vids from BitTorrent with several clients and have never saw a D/L start, ever, even after being hooked up for hours. I miss Napster and Kazaa.

"I don't watch anything on TV that has a laugh track, is a reality show, is a game show, is a soap opera, or is an alleged news show - IMHO they're all an insult to anyone's intelligence. So, Let's see, that only leaves sports... "

LOL. Televised sports are the ultimate insult to society, let alone one's intelligence.

Zach

Ok, let me refine...

The Betamax decision explicitly makes it legal to record a show for the sake of time-shifting.

BitTorrent allows one to legally time-shift viewing of television shows.

Discuss. :)

Jeff

Zach, if you're not doing the recording yourself, you're not time-shifting it. If you were able to somehow record a show onto a bittorrent and then use it yourself (and I know full well it doesn't work that way), then you'd be in the legal clear.

dopey fanboy

I have been downloading eps off bittorrent when i missed them on tv, but the problem as always is that you never know how decent the encode is, and it can take forever to download an older episode.

with itunes I will NEVER use BItTorrent again, even if sometimes the BT eps are higher res Divx files. The H264 codec rocks and it's worth 2 bucks to keep up with one of the few shows a) worth watching and b) one you have to watch in order for it to make sense.

now that Battlestar Galactica is on iTunes, and most cable sucks, I plan on ditching cable, and getting high speed internet elsewhere and just paying for the shows I actually want. Screw Comcast, and screw DirectTV

gn netcom

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