Post Reply A question about ripping/downloading episodes.
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Hey everyone, I was wondering if anyone knew what the staff/site's stance was on users ripping video files to personal devices. I've got a long bus ride (16 hours) coming up, and was hoping to grab a few episodes to watch on the trip, but I wanted to make sure this wasn't in violation of the terms of service or of good usage etiquette. If anyone knows and is willing to tell me, it'd be much appreciated!
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Posted 3/18/14

Stalinfortime wrote:

Hey everyone, I was wondering if anyone knew what the staff/site's stance was on users ripping video files to personal devices. I've got a long bus ride (16 hours) coming up, and was hoping to grab a few episodes to watch on the trip, but I wanted to make sure this wasn't in violation of the terms of service or of good usage etiquette. If anyone knows and is willing to tell me, it'd be much appreciated!
Thanks!


That is going to violate the Terms of Service and the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (if you live in the U.S.): /tos & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Millennium_Copyright_Act.

Doing this for personal use may not lead to termination of your account/prosecution, but if you'd rather play it safe than sorry, I would recommend looking into other ways to entertain yourself on the bus ride.
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Right. Well, thanks for going out of your way to let me know, I really appreciate it!
Posted 3/20/14
if your lucky, you'll have cellphone reception. Grab the mobile app and try to watch!
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Having your computer, dvd/bluray player, DVR, etc copy the copyrighted data to RAM (some cases a HDD as well) and then transmitting it to an external display is not on the exception list of the DMCA. You are all going to jail!
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System1024 wrote:

Having your computer, dvd/bluray player, DVR, etc copy the copyrighted data to RAM (some cases a HDD as well) and then transmitting it to an external display is not on the exception list of the DMCA. You are all going to jail!

It doesn't need to be, since any authorized device or software would be working with any copy protection mechanism, not circumventing it.

Try playing back a Blu-ray using commercial software via an older video card that doesn't support HDCP or to an older monitor that doesn't and you'll find out what I mean.

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System1024 wrote:

Having your computer, dvd/bluray player, DVR, etc copy the copyrighted data to RAM (some cases a HDD as well) and then transmitting it to an external display is not on the exception list of the DMCA. You are all going to jail!

It doesn't need to be, since any authorized device or software would be working with any copy protection mechanism, not circumventing it.

Try playing back a Blu-ray using commercial software via an older video card that doesn't support HDCP or to an older monitor that doesn't and you'll find out what I mean.



The joke was about how the major loop hole in DMCA can allow a (but highly unlikely will ever be seen) rights holder to sue the user for inserting a DVD into a DVD player which the device then copies said data into its on-board RAM with out copy privileges from the rights holder.

Copying the data with out permission is the premise of the joke.

Its ongoing debate whether or not to amend section 117 to allow the exception for temporary copying but I stopped following it. Lost faith in the government keeping up with current technological time.

A quick google search shows this is what DMCA currently stands for at the moment regarding RAM when faced with the question.
"temporary copies in random access memory (RAM) are copies that are subject to the copyright owner's exclusive reproduction right."
http://www.copyright.gov/reports/studies/dmca/dmca_executive.html

Maybe I'm reading it wrong but looks like the joke still stands. You are all criminals!
/reported for copyright infringement
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