posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 10:11 PM
Irregularly Scheduled Programming
reply to post by FraternitasSaturni
If it's not pirated, it's fine. If the History Channel officially endorses a source or it is licensed and says as much in writing, it's fine.
If it's just some guy uploading it to YouTube without permission, it doesn't comply with our
terms & conditions
, and we shouldn't link to it.
And lest I come across as holier-than-thou, I used to link to unauthorized Pony episodes on YouTube (Hasbro was pretty casual about it before the DVDs
came out), but I had to stop because I have to follow the rules, too.
There are mitigating factors, like "fair use", "derivative works" and so forth, and frankly, we're not in the habit of going around banning
people if they innocently post a link or an embed to broadcast television programs or other widely-disseminated material.
But in this case, it's pretty cut and dried. The makers of "Sirius" are charging money for it, so posting links to sites that don't is something
we don't want to do, any more than posting links to pirated copies of any other commercial movie.
I just want to make sure my fellow ATSers know, and we're not in the habit of punishing people for honest mistakes. But anyone who does so
deliberately, especially after being warned for it, shouldn't be surprised if the next thing that happens is they can't log in anymore.
Harsh, but so are the legal consequences of online piracy.