Why We Don't Allow Copyright Violations

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Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:56 am

perspicacia wrote: Not sure if this is the appropriate place to post this, but I wanted to reply to your post (viewtopic.php?p=92714#p92721) which is locked, and as you have disabled Private Messages and there are no other Contact details in your profile I was left with little choice...

Firstly I must apologize if you took offence to my post, I am new to this and I am sorry if I did not follow the proper protocol.

I certainly was not whining, moaning, or complaining! If I wanted to whine, moan or complain the tone and tenor of my comments would have been a lot stronger, but there is not point in that - it goes nowhere. I was merely pointing out how frustrating it is when a series is locked but not kept up to date. Many of us are happy to contribute to help keep things up to date, but cannot when series are locked. The ability to add the appropriate information to series and it be instantly available for scrobbling is one of the attractive things about the site and I hope that stays the case.

Secondly what is wrong with copying and pasting an overview from somewhere else? Looking at the one that has been added the one I suggested is far better, and I did not copy it from youtube. It came from the site I downloaded the episode from.

Please don't take offense by anything I say, I was just trying to help and perhaps add some constructive criticism. I obviously failed and am sorry about that.
I'm going to answer, since nobody should have to waste time on this.

The DMCA, or Digital Millennium Copyright Act, passed U.S. legislature in 1998.
This act makes copyright infringement a criminal act, with willful violation worth treble damages.
Copyright infringement is no longer strictly a matter for personal lawsuits.

This site has its servers located in the United States.
Where online jurisdiction is concerned, the host nation wins.

Basically, every time a user posts copyrighted content, they are participating in illegal conversion. We can let that slip by because OCILLA "Safe Harbour" basically states that we're only liable if a copyright holder complains, their complaint is found to be valid, and we do nothing to address the complaint. When users ask us to directly add those copyvios, if we knowingly do so, we lose those protections.

Essentially, if we support copyright infringement, we can be held legally liable. If the wrong people get ahold of that information, we can be lumped in with illicit download sites, and lose our site.

Does that explain the problem any clearer?
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Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:26 am

Thanks for the explanation. I don't believe anything I posted infringed any copyright, but it explains why you have to be so careful.
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Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:48 am

You copied and pasted an episode description directly from NBC. You could argue that it's non-infringing but I suspect their legal group would disagree. :p
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Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:37 pm

As an addendum, some services are less likely to pursue copyright claims on episode summaries. Comcast isn't historically known as being okay with appropriation.

Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:04 pm

I dont want to disagree with you, but you might want to consider training in your calculation to remain fully supportable.

Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:06 pm

So does this also include the poster artwork? Because surely it is derivative unless the uploader was present to take original photos...

It sounds ridiculous because to view copying a summary as copyright infringement is ridiculous. But then again so is the DMCA and copyright law in general.

P.S. Thanks Disney.

Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:05 am

Thanks for the explanation.