MediaPortal policy for skin publishing with backdrops/fanart/backgrounds? (1 Viewer)

aj1405

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What is the MediaPortal policy for distribution off skins with backdrops/fanart/backgrounds containing company logos (TV Channels, Radio channels etc.) and backdrop (Movies, games, music artists etc.)?

The reason I’m asking is because up till now I’ve released my skin with a few examples, but I’m considering making a large optional skin pack containing a lot of these.
 

mattsk88

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What is the MediaPortal policy for distribution off skins with backdrops/fanart/backgrounds containing company logos (TV Channels, Radio channels etc.) and backdrop (Movies, games, music artists etc.)?

The reason I’m asking is because up till now I’ve release my skin with a few examples, but I’m considering making a large optional skin pack containing a lot of these.
Depends where you sourced them from.
 

Paranoid Delusion

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    What is the MediaPortal policy for distribution off skins with backdrops/fanart/backgrounds containing company logos (TV Channels, Radio channels etc.) and backdrop (Movies, games, music artists etc.)?
    Copyright springs to mind first, then download file size second, high would most probably have ultimate say on later.

    Seeing as the newer skins have a moderate example of fan art supplied this is not normally a problem, will have to see if our Germany based servers, (a) could cope, (b) be a liability in local law.

    Company logo's may be a issue, if they do not like the free publicity :)

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    aj1405

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    At the moment
    Logos: Wikipedia
    Backdrops: XBMC forum
    Other: Free for personal use

    But in general what is considered ok?

    I would consider copying the company logos from their homepage to link to the tv/radio channel as fair use, but what about movies, games, album covers etc. these are obviously copyrighted regardless of the source.
     

    high

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    hard to answer, if I am strict I have to forbid any picture that wasnt approved by the creator. Even official promoshots, cover, logos or whatever. To be realistic...we cant check any single picture by ourselves and sometimes we just have to accept the minor risks that goes along with this.

    If you release a skin please keep that in mind and dont add 50 fanarts/logos or whatever to the package on our servers. There are many file-upload-services availible so please add the unnessary extra-stuff there and just link it.
     

    aj1405

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    I was thinking about something like Rapid Share. I just wanted to know your position linking to that type of material. Should have made my initial question a little clearer.
     

    Paranoid Delusion

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    The other thing that needs to be made clear here, is plugins, TV-Series downloads its own, so does the new Moving Pictures plugin, both of these, technically take the issue outside Mediaportal, as they are sourced from outside distributors.

    I would go for the rule of thumb, minimal is better :)

    Rapidshare, what a pain in the proverbial, but as a last resort has its uses, and some of the torrents have no seeders anyway.

    Anyway, good luck with your skin :)
     

    piranha

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    Your best bet will be to release the skin here (With basic set of graphic), and separately a "bonus pack" either via torrent, RS or any other means.
     

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