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Is this site legal?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by manudevil20, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. manudevil20

    manudevil20 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Hi everyone. I came across this site today when i was looking for a place to watch the packers and bears game online because they didnt show it here. I was wondering if this site was legal or not. I was watching the FOX Chicago network. If it is how profitable would it be to make something like this and have free feeds of the game that might lag a little bit and have a paid membership feed as well to watch t with no lag and in HD. Here is the website. Thanks everyone.
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  2. inktank

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    That site is more for life casters and live streaming, however some people do broadcast TV channels or PPV sporting events. The site itself is legal however the channels that broadcast copyrighted material aren't and will often be shutdown when a mod sees it.
     
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    It is probably not legal, although it get's harder and harder to tell with these video mashup sites - the question is where he ultimately sources his feeds from (plenty of major content providers do offer embedded feeds), but I am guessing that a lot of those feeds are decidedly "off the books".

    If you get good hosting from a company that isn't going to shut you down before talking to you, and set up a site like that, but in such a way as to give the perceptions that the feeds are provided by third parties, you can probably get away with it. Just kill a feed if you get a complaint about that feed.

    Still, if it got very big at all, it would only be a matter of time until someone with deep pockets decided to try to sue you into shutting down (or worse). I'd advise partnering with a lawyer if you want to get into that line of business. ;)
     
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    I guess its a no go than. I was just wondering about it trying to come up with something new. Thanks guys.
     
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    ;)my best guess is ...

    you can buy a license here in the UK if you own a bar per event and it's about £180 (~$300). I presume you'd have to own one of these licences to be able to "show" the game.

    Big investment, and unless you can get a loyal following (i.e. only charging $1/game, in hi-def, no lag etc.) you won't make money. But i doubt it'd be easy to get a host who coluld deliver this much bandwidth & resources whilst still being so inexpensive as to be profitable.

    Hopfully i'm wrong, as i'd love to see something like this.

    Maybe you could go further and show TV shows etc. aswell, in good quality and stuff. Like an online TV channel. Might be the start of web 3.0 ;)
     
  6. manudevil20

    manudevil20 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Well i actually used to live in England and my mum owns a pub so i am sure she would have a license.lol.. Another thought i had was having a website kind of like youtube but with just tv shows but i dont think thats legal either.