Fair Use of Comics? Seems Simple, But No!
No more Comics for Media Center people! Check this out people, you can't even read comics now without pissing someone off. If you don't know Comics for Media Center is this nifty plug-in that displays comic strips inside of Media Center. The concept is rather simple and here's how the plug-in works....
A feed is obtain through a third party website (i.e. not mcesoft.nl or the site hosting the comics which is United Media) --> That feed has the URL's to the images on the site that hosts the comics (United Media in this case) --> Comics for Media Center takes that feed with the URL and displays them inside of MCE.
That sounds simple and it is! But wait, United Media is claming that this is “Unauthorized use of Intellectual Property”. The important thing to remember about them being displayed in Media Center is that it's really just Internet Explorer. By downloading comics using Media Center (which is using IE) you might just be violating someone IP, even through you can download them in Internet Explorer and it's not violating anything. Stupid, you bet!
Danee, the author of Comics for Media Center was told that this plug-in was “violating the cartoonist rights” and “abusing their skills for my own benefit”. Please! I can understand that if people were downright stealing the content with this plug-in that it might be a problem, but using it to view the content with a remote instead of a mouse? That's stupid!
I can respect the fact that United Media owns the rights to the content, but come on! This is using a third party feed and Internet Explorer to work. Why can I download them with my mouse at my desktop and not Media Center?
A note to all developers now, please find out who owns the rights to the content before putting out an application. While this is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard, ask before using content from a third party. Instead of United Media providing a solution, they have said that Comics for Media Center and not be distributed anymore. RSS supporters, watch out. The feed you are reading might be next. Did all of you who subscribe to my feed ask before using your aggregator’s to get the feed? Do you think you should need to? No.
No more Comics
Edit: Please note that the feed does not come directly from United Media. Above is how the plug-in works, the feed comes from a third party that grabs the URL's to the images from United Media's site. I don't know exactly how, but United media is not pushing out the feed directly.