Weblog:   NetFlix for Free . . . Plus a DVD-Copying Tip
Subject:   hmmm... time-shifting?
Date:   2005-10-12 22:02:52
From:   DavidBattino
Response to: hmmm... time-shifting?

Technically, I suspect you’re right, though I’ve learned that the law is sometimes gray rather than black and white. The question in my mind is: Who is harmed by my time-shifting the DVD content? Had I kept renewing the disc at the library until I got around to watching it, I would have prevented others from discovering it.

Come to think of it, the biggest file-sharers are libraries. Indeed, mine offers audio books as free downloads. The files, which are in encrypted WMA format, expire after 21 days but can be renewed at least once. I can read O’Reilly e-books through my library’s Web site as well. —David