natethomas Wrote:Hi forum users. Here's a note from your friendly neighborhood community manager. Up until now, we here at XBMC haven't really had a formal stance on how to deal with piracy discussion on the forum, other than to delete direct links to pirated content. Because we've decided that creates too much confusion for you, the user, we've decided to draft some more specific forum rules. While the decisions for how to police the forum ultimately lie with the admins and moderators, I wanted to give you users a chance to look through the proposed rules. If you have any useful suggestions or comments, feel free to list them below.
Our ultimate goal is to try to inhibit creativity as little as possible, while also being as morally respectful of the rights of content owners and creators as we can. So with that said, here are the proposed rules. We will let them stew for 24 to 48 hours. After that time, we will try to incorporate the best suggestions and revisions, and we'll go ahead and make them official.
XBMC's Official Forum Piracy Stance
1. All discussions dealing directly with or linking to add-ons, websites, or services that violate US copyright laws (pirated content) will be closed when a forum moderator has been made aware of them.
2. Discussions for add-ons that link directly to pirated content and enables the user to access that content through the add-on will be shut down.
3. All links to pirated content will be removed.
4. This typically does not include the following (to be determined on a case-by-case basis if nessesary):
A. The add-on does not actually perform the act of accessing pirated content ("mistaken identitiy")
B. The add-on has the potential to access pirated content, but is potentially useful for downloading legal content as well. For example, an add-on that downloads torrents is not, itself, a problem, since a torrent can cover a wide variety content, including legally distrubuted videos.
C. The add-on links/accesses content in a similar way to a normal web browser. This is done under the assumption that if the content owner did not want the content streamed, the owner should have not made the content available to be streamed in their site.
D. The add-on accesses content with permission of the content owner, the content is "copyleft" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyleft), or or the add-on accesses content without the clear disapproval of the content owner. XBMC will do its best to comply with DMCA-related takedown requests.
Thread originators or add-on developers may petition Forum Moderators to re-open a thread that was closed but believes one of the above exceptions applies to them.
5. Fair use excemptions apply for issues such as small video samples for testing and debugging.
I find this whole stance some what funny.. what the point of xbmc if it not to allow the delivery of content..now the question become what legal content and what not..to that question i say for xbmc and this forum it a non issue.. because most of the content on the web is there with the hope of the person putting it there to gain some kind of income from it.they do that in many ways but the main one being advertising revenue .. what almost all the addon in xbmc do is scrape the content without the ad in most cases.. so you see for the admin of this forum to be in true compliance he have to shut the forum down completely..otherwise he setting himself as the judge of what legal content and what not..now I will admit i pay for most of the content i consume and there is some i watch for free by way of xbmc..do anybody really think the movie studio is not aware of icefilm.. or megavideo.. what you think the SOPA is about .But if we leave it to SOPA soon a family movie with your kids will become illegal cause it may show music or cloths label that some companies claim they lost money cause your family video went viral and it display the label they was lic to advertise..it time we the people decide what a fair price to pay to keep the internet free of resticting laws.. my thinking once you post it or sell you should have limited rights to after.. but that wishfull thinking..