DarklightIndigo wrote:Oh yes, I'd forgotten how Kodi isn't adopted because they accept donations.
Donations are volunteer. A paying service is something completely different.
So, if people are willing to contribute financially for priority access to our servers - which is our right, and not even slightly prohibited by any reasonable interpretation of the law - that's an avenue that we'll have to consider.
I live in Europe, and even here, with our relaxed copyright laws, making a paying service with this kind of content without the corresponding licenses and permissions is absolutely illegal.
We're not talking about cutting off free access or artificially limiting data, we're talking about benefits to incentivise early adopters to bring up the bottom line. If those don't happen, and donations continue to suffer, you as an end user need to seriously consider what will happen to your metadata when the well runs dry. This is a project for passion first and foremost, but without cash or hardware donations to keep it running, it will continue to be a money pit until the founders can no longer sustain it.
Please, don't get me wrong. I'm only saying that paying for user contributed content is not acceptable, at least for me. If something like this finally happens, I will move. And I know I will not the only one who will.
If the founders really need money, hardware or help, publish an announcement to let people know it.
devildant wrote:So I would be willing to pay a few dollars, if it helps to maintain this database
You don't need a paying service to do it. You don't need to break the service neutrality to help to maintain the project.
You can do it right now clicking here.