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How Can I Backup Programs From My DVR?

AT&T UVerse

Episode 1816

Scott from Orange County, CA

Scott's wife is a TV news anchor who recorded her broadcasts on DVR. How can they back those up? Leo says it depends on the DVR, and sadly it isn't a matter of taking the hard drive out and connecting it to your PC. Every DVR manufacturer has put encryption on the hard drive because of copyright. TIVO has something called TIVO to Go, which makes it easier. But a more proprietary DVR like AT&T UVerse may be near impossible save for one option: the analog hole. You can put a computer with a video capture card between the TV and the DVR using the analog component cables.

How Can I Make My Video Open Source?

gas

Episode 1811

Mark from Palm Springs, CA

Mark has a video on youtube about what pollutes more ... electric vehicles or gas?  He wants to make it available for anyone to distribute, re-edit, etc. Is that open source? Leo says no. It's actually "Creative Commons." That's the phrase he's looking for. Legally, copyright exists once one publishes their work. But what people can do with it can be anywhere from Public Domain to Strictly copyrighted.

How Can I Make Money Streaming Video?

Episode 1699

Martin from California

Martin wants to build a video channel that he can monetize. Leo says it's really hard to create a paywall to charge for videos because people can easily pirate content. People can password-protect, sure, but Leo found it's just simpler and better to give away advertiser-supported content.  But there are companies that do it. Brightcove, Starforce, Sprout Video. The best way to do it is to do stream content live and charge for it. 

How Can I Stop Someone from Copying my Website?

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Episode 1573

Michele from Los Angeles, CA

Michele is about to launch a startup, and she has a website for it, but she found out that her website has been copied from another company. What can she do? Leo says that unfortunately, that kind of stealing can't really be prevented. She does have intellectual property copyright and it would help to have that expression on the website to spell it out. But the bottom line is it is difficult to prevent. She could write a cease and desist, but it's kinda like "wack a mole." Shut one down, and another pops up. If they're a well-known company, she can shame them or threaten to sue.

How can I download photos and images from Google?

Creative Commons

Episode 1477

George from Santa Monica, CA

George is having issues viewing images on Google Images and downloading them. Leo says that was due to users not buying clipart anymore when they can simply go to Google Images and download them for free. He can still save them, but technically it is piracy. That's why Leo recommends going into the tools section under "rights" and selecting "creative commons" or "approved for reuse".

Can I use images under Fair Use?

Episode 1367

George from Santa Monica, CA

George wants to know if he can use copyrighted images on his podcast if he is doing so just to make comments. Leo says that there is something called "Fair Use," which is rather fuzzily mentioned in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. It doesn't prevent anyone from suing him, but he can use Fair Use as a defense, if he presents it right. They may sue him if they believe it diminishes the value of the image, though. He won't go to jail or anything, but if he loses, it will cost him. It depends on if he wants to defend himself legally. It's always better to ask permission.

Can companies really say you don't own something you buy because of software?

Episode 1181

Louis from Hollywood, CA

Louis is concerned that John Deere has taken the attitude that farmers don't really own the tractors they buy, and as such, they refuse to provide support to repair the software that drives the tractor. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle” but do not own it.