Is TV Show Swapping Legal?

Just the kind of debate that we like to see….

Swappers aren’t absolved of standard copyright abuse, either. Copying entire seasons of “The Sopranos” for Net distribution is still a no-go. “It’s one thing to have hacked it,” Zittrain says. “‘Distribution of works’ is another violation altogether. It’s apples and oranges,” and the oranges could still land you in jail. But an attorney with DMCA experience under his belt says precedents set in the VCR-related suits of the early ’80s mean network TV is still up for grabs if the commercials are included in the video. It looks as if lawyers will have a lot to say, actually, before all of this is settled.


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