[icecast] [firstname.lastname@example.org: Re: pho: How Live365 fights back...]
oddsock at oddsock.org
Thu May 31 15:53:06 PDT 2001
from what I understand, and I have a bit of personal experience on the
matter :) , Live was not as concerned about the "streamripping" as they
were about the unauthorized interaction with their website. Streamripper
had to do this in order to get the song titles, and they didn't like the
idea of someone circumventing their "playlist window" which from what I
understand was one of their money makers....
now don't get me wrong, this does not mean that they were all too happy
about the actual saving off of the streams, I'm just saying their "legal"
description of the suit (as far as I could tell) was more concerned about
the behind the back website interaction...
o a more interesting question is who owns the actual broadcast...I'd say
there are many people who use 3rd party bandwidth to stream their station,
do these parties have a right to prevent access to the broadcast because
they are doing something they find offensive ?
and is it wrong for someone to save off a stream to listen at a later time
? I think not, otherwise there would be a lot of unhappy TiVo users out
also, I do not necessarily believe that Live was really the ones behind
this "legal action", although being paranoid about these thing is not good
At 02:21 PM 5/31/2001, you wrote:
>This is a mail in response to streamripper being threatened by legal
>action from Live365. The DMCA strikes again.
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>To: "Jack Moffitt" <jack at icecast.org>, <pho at onehouse.com>
>Subject: Re: pho: How Live365 fights back...
>Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 12:18:39 -0700
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>1. I agree with Jack's sentiment -- Americans who tape the radio don't think
>they are breaking the law, and the same goes for those who save streams.
>2. Now what the law *actually* has to say about taping from the radio is a
>complicated subject, as it happens. If you do it with an analog cassette
>deck or MD player, it's legal (17 USC 1008). If you do it with a computer,
>well, who knows? AFAIK, a court has never addressed the fair use argument in
>this context (partly b/c the RIAA has no incentive to litigate in this case,
>which it would likely lose).
>3. But, after the passage of DMCA's section 1201, a court may NEVER reach
>the fair use question for digital streams. According to at least one court,
>all you have to do is embed a "no copy" bit in your stream (even if the
>stream itself is unencrypted and in the clear), and anyone who builds
>software that ignores the bit is liable for unlawful circumvention, *even if
>the recording would otherwise have been fair use.* See Real Networks v.
>Streambox, 2000 WL 127311 (W.D.Wash. Jan.18, 2000).
>Anyone want to venture a guess on whether Live365's <smirk> sophisticated
><\smirk> anti-copying measure, detailed below, qualifies as a "technological
>protection measure" under 1201?
> >Live365 put a large string in one of there HTML files
> >that reads:
> >// DEFINITION clegg n - large swift fly the female of
> >which sucks blood of various animals [syn horsefly,
> >cleg, horse fly]
> >repeated about 100 times. they did this to over run a
> >buffer in my html parsing code, thats why streamripper
>If Real's "no copy" flag qualifies, I don't see why Live365's html wouldn't.
>Ah, how I hate DMCA section 1201!
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Jack Moffitt" <jack at icecast.org>
>To: <pho at onehouse.com>
>Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 9:07 AM
>Subject: Re: pho: How Live365 fights back...
> > > I think it's unfair and inflammatory to call the copying of a digital
> > > analgous to the analog taping of analog broadcast radio.
> > I think it's also unfair and inflammatory to misuse 'digital'.
> > For streaming applications, and for most practical storage, digital
> > copies are not exact copies of the original, but lossily compressed
> > ones.
> > Sure they can be infinitely recopied without loss, but they still aren't
> > as good as the CD.
> > And even if they were, or if radio broadcasted sending raw audio
> > digitally, I WOULD STILL BE ALLOWED TO MAKE COPIES.
> > Streamripper and similar tools are perfectly legitimate tools that have
> > perfectly legitimate purposes. I find these things most often used by
> > the broadcasters themselves to make archives of their broadcasts, since
> > a lot of the broadcasting tools out there don't do this for you.
> > The intent behind using streamripper to save a stream you like, and
> > taping a broadcast from radio, is the same. And both _should_ be
> > protected by fair use, to hell with what the DMCA says I can or cannot
> > do.
> > jack.
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