I’ll admit it… I used to be a download junkie. Movies, music, pretty much anything I could find that might interest me, I downloaded. I watched Spiderman 2 in my living room 2 days after it had been released in the theater.
I’m done with it. I haven’t downloaded much in months. My music all comes from, CD, iTunes or Rhapsody now, and movies I can just get from the library when they come out. One thing I do (did) still download is TV shows. If I miss recording a show, I’ll just download it. Network TV is free, so not a problem, right? I have a home-grown DVR (Tivo, ReplayTV, etc). I built it out of a spare PC I had laying around. It records my shows and even tags the commercials so when I play the show back, they get skipped automatically. Up until a few weeks ago, it was working great. Now I just get static and no audio.
So I open up Miro and look for The Office. Episode 8… Great. Click. Downloading.
Fast forward to today. I check my email and see one with the subject Notice of Claim of Copyright Infringement
Click here for a copy of the email: dmca
I guess TV shows are off limits too. I had always had my doubts of the legality of them. I guess I was right.
Time to fix the DVR.