that was quick

The 5th generation iPod, the one that plays video, was released only a few days back. However, there is already a decent amount of (pre-converted to the appropriate file type) content available via BitTorrent. It won’t be long before I can get the Daily Show not only downloaded automatically to my desktop, but sent straight into a video iPod. This is one step closer to the failure of content providers’ current business model failing.

If you’re wondering how, azureus is a BitTorrent client that supports RSS Feed Scanner which reads RSS feeds from torrent trackers such as torrent spy

6 thoughts on “that was quick”

  1. Not that I normally point my finger and scream THEIF, but do you even realize how much time and money go into something like The Daily Show? Do you even care? If you break one law what stops you from breaking them all? Morals? Ethics? If so, those morals and ethics seem to be pretty fluid.

  2. Did you actually do the recording? No, because it came from BitTorrent. While BitTorrent isn’t receiving profits from users that download The Daily Show, that doesn’t mean that the downloading of files is “fair use.” See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Use. Specifically, the “Common Misunderstandings” section.

    I’m not familiar enough with copyright law or actions that constitute copyright infringement. My understanding of “time-shifting” is as follows:
    An individual can record a show for later viewing. Meaning that the individual that recorded the show is the individual that will be watching it. Also, that the show will be watched from the same device that recorded the show.

    Also, parts of The Daily Show are available for free on Comedy Central’s website. (This still doesn’t mean that individuals can copy the files and call it “time-shifting.”)

  3. The RIAA and MPAA would like you to think otherwise, but it isn’t illegal to play copied content on machines other than which a recording was made. For instance, it isn’t illegal to tape something off the radio, and listen to it on a walkman. And it isn’t illegal for me to record something on TiVo, burn it to DVD and watch it at my grandmother’s house.

    What does it matter that I download the Daily Show instead of plugging cable television into my PC and recording it there? Or for that matter, record television on a VCR? I can’t see a difference, except for the fact that it is convenient for me. Does it matter that the commercials are edited out? CEO of Turner Broadcasting Jamie Kellner tells us that fast forwarding though commercials is a criminal act and he only has, and this is not a misquote, “a certain amount of tolerance for going to the bathroom.” I happen to disagree.

    Hollywood is doing its damndest to make the above actions impossible (though workarounds will always be developed) and illegal though legislation like the Broadcast Flag. With the help of the ALA, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals had the sense to rule that the FCC and Hollywood should stay out of our hardware. Yay. The bad news on this front was the Grokster decision by SCOTUS which said that the creators of software (and hardware?) are liable for what users do with it. This is terrible for innovation. Who wants to make the next VCR in a climate like that?

    Extensions to copyright in the United States are so miserably out of control it is no longer serving its intended purpose of granting a temporary monopoly so publishers can recoop and earn money. Copyright has turned into a mechanism with which to control the distribution of information. Through things like the Mickey Mouse Protection act, extensions have gone from 14 + 14 –> 50 years after the death of the author –> 70 years after the death of the author (75-90 years for corporate authorship). I find this frightening, and all of the civil disobedience taking place on p2p networks indicates that I’m not the only one.

    We’re witnessing 21st century technology clashing with 18th century law, and things are likely to remain messy until copyright is no longer useful for businesses. The current business model will break down, and they will be forced to come up with something different. When distribution is so incredibly simple, artists will no longer need the RIAA to take huge chunks of their profits (see Prince and Bowie). In a more perfect world, Internet technologies like weblogs and p2p would take down Big Media, and democratize the production, distribution and consuming of content. It isn’t likely to do this, but strong alternatives certainly are developing.

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