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Friday, September 30, 2005

Freebies sought (again!)

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Allo allo Readers,

As some of you might remember, Tincanman donated some PC hardware to me a while ago. I've recently invested time reconfiguring it as a "Personal Video Recorder" using Linux, an antique TV tuner card, a cool piece of free Linux software called tvtime, and (soon) MythTV. It's still running a test version of the sirhumphreys.com template.

My intention is to record segments of broadcast news reports and current affairs programs and present compressed video clips of interesting items here on Sir Humphrey's. One of the first things I want to do is record the rumour-based utterings of that political reporter from TV3 whose name escapes me, then fact-check them a week or so later after the facts of a matter he discussed are reported in the print media.

Now my problem: I have no spare hard drives to store the video on. So if anyone can supply me with a couple of hard drives I'll be able to press ahead with my little project. My previously arranged source has dropped off the face of the planet (or he might be in Oz again). [email address: antarcticlemur@gmail.com].

On a related topic - does anyone know of potential problems I'll face with New Zealand's copyright laws? Surely if a media outlet broadcasts political opinion over the airwaves we are allowed to record and redistribute it for purposes of political discussion.


Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 9/30/2005 11:58:00 pm


Blogger tincanman said...

What size are you looking for? I might be able to spare a 40GB from my current box. I'm only using it as a temp drive, but suspect it might be a tad small for what you intend. But you can pick up a 200gb for around $150. Pass around a hat at an Auckland blogger BBQ we have in a few weeks time? (Yes, that would mean organising the BBQ too ... ;) )

9/30/2005 06:27:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

A couple of 40Gb drives would be great. I'm not planning on recording hours and hours of TV at high resolution - just the broadcast news on TV3 and One and the shows with political interviews at a moderate resolution. I suppose I need another TV tuner card...

9/30/2005 06:33:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Oh what a delightful way to give the shits to the leftie jounos. Have you considered an annual gala awards night for the biggest, best, biased, bullshit report of the year? I reckon Dr Bassett would be glad to present such an award.

9/30/2005 06:41:00 pm  
Blogger tincanman said...

Ok, I'll hook you up with one 40GB. But then you need to help me fix that sidebar link!

9/30/2005 07:12:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Have a look through the uppermost header section of your blog template.

9/30/2005 07:20:00 pm  
Blogger tincanman said...

Gotcha, ok. I replaced all instances of <$MTBlogURL$> with the appropriate URL, think the trick might have been to go through the RSS feed templates as well.

9/30/2005 07:25:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good idea al...i look forward to seeing and possibly using/knicking your concept..(would be goof to collect material to be used/chopped up at a later date...nothing like good visual agit-prop....but from a different ideological viewpoint..eh..?


9/30/2005 08:46:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I tell you what - I was listening to that TV3 reporter spouting all these rumours-as-fact for a good five minutes the other night. Then I realised no-one knows if he ever gets it all wrong because no one is there to record the bastard.

9/30/2005 08:55:00 pm  
Blogger Gooner said...

On the copyright issue I think (capital T) that there might be trouble. At face value you are doing no more than recording TV shows which any old video recorder/DVD does these days. However, most TV and Film people let you do so on the basis you won't then show them in a public forum. They can usually only be copied for private use. Considering you are not charging anyone anything to watch them you might be okay. I'll check this for you. What you might like to do is contact the TV stations and let them know what you intend to do and ask permission.

9/30/2005 10:24:00 pm  
Anonymous James Doherty said...

This TV3 reporter isn't Duncan Garner is it?

10/01/2005 12:26:00 pm  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

Wasn't it also part of copyright relating to TV that by law you could only keep it for 28 days? Of course this is often flouted. What about making a transcript of the relevant section and ditching the video eventually? There are definitely some legal issues that would need to be covered off here in advance. We might face similar with TopSpin depending on the level of article quoting undertaken.

10/01/2005 06:18:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Issues of copyrighted text are more clearly understoon.

An email from Gman:
you are permitted to rebroadcast so long as you meet the following criteria:
-you say where a broadcast came from
-you say that it is still the property of the broadcaster
-you may not resell the product or use it for your own gain.
-you may not present it as being your own, or that you have some contractual
agreement with the supplier.

you are permitted to use it for commentary or criticism purposes. It's a bit like quoting someone in an essay--you can't just take the whole thing, but you can cut bits out so long as you are commenting on its accuracy and content.

10/01/2005 06:27:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

James - Duncan Garner! That's his name.

10/01/2005 06:43:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

garner is actually not too bad, it's his greyhaired side kick, who positively elates in every aspect of his presentation whenever Nat/ACT polies do something wrong, or if some news can be spun positively for helengrad. Correct me if I'm wrong, but stephen parker I believe his Labour party membership cards states his name to be

10/02/2005 08:58:00 am  

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