is watching p2p games online legal?

Submitted by goMichblue on November 13th, 2010 at 12:18 PM

What are the legalities behind peer to peer for games?

Comments

maizenbluedevil

November 13th, 2010 at 12:33 PM ^

LOL, just tell her it's no big deal and everything is illegal.

Seriously.  The US legal code is like tens of thousands of pages.  Technically, everyone is a criminal somehow.  Traffic laws, ticky-tack things, etc.  There are laws that it's illegal to buy certain kinds of fish that are sold in grocery stores.  (Can't remember what kind, but I read this recently.)

As Ayn Rand said in Atlas Shrugged, governments exist to make criminals out of all their citizens via over-legislating.  It's part of how they consolidate power.

SFBayAreaBlue

November 13th, 2010 at 3:41 PM ^

an american citizen living abroad who wishes to view a free broadcast of a publicly funded school's sports competition.  ESPN or BTN wants to charge me for the fact that I'm living far away. FUCK THEM. 

rtyler

November 13th, 2010 at 3:51 PM ^

FUCK THEM translates to "No, it's not legal. But most of us disagree with this aspect of intellectual property laws when it conflicts with our interests and contravene it, choosing a path of civil disobedience instead. Sometimes, you can even get civil disobedience in HD, but not usually for Big Ten Network games." 

I kind of like the way you put it better, though. Fuck them.

Brewcityitalian

November 13th, 2010 at 4:22 PM ^

i'm watching UFC 122 right now and the Haye Harrison fight and the Auburn Georgia game

Then the Wings hockey game before i go out later to my buddies house for the PAC MAN fight

gotta love p2p and atdhe

TNWolverine

November 13th, 2010 at 4:32 PM ^

it would be different if you were actually downloading it, but your not.  The only way I see it being illegal is if you are streaming ppv fights like UFC next saturday.  If it was illegal they probably would've been shut down already.