I would like to suggest a DVD trading section. This would be a seperate section than the usual Fan Edit and Preservation areas. Those areas are so hectic that I feel trading discussion would be lost and/or ignored.
I have a large SW DVD collection. Everything from Fan Films, Deleted Scenes and several Edits. It would be nice to have a place to trade and share my collection with others. Please consider my idea.
Originally posted by: Moth3r Having open talk about trading fan edit DVDs was deemed to be too risky for legal reasons.
We have some tutorials already in the technical help forum, but we would welcome more contributions.
I can understand that. No one wants to get a cease and desist letter. However isn't talking about file sharing and where to acquire the films more trouble than friends trading in good spirit? Somehow trading seems like it would be less offensive to the copyright police than downloading from torrent sites and newsgroups.
And what if there were a few basic ground rules to this section? Like no one with under a certain amount of posts may join. It could also be a private forum. And maybe users could only post their interest in trading and contact information only. No actual lists posted in the forums. All trading lists exchanged in private.
Anyway, please don't see this post as challenging your authority. I'm 100% positive you know more about the legality of this idea than I do. Honestly, most of what I have written was just thinking out loud. However if any of it seems plausible to you, please give it your consideration.
We don't allow links to torrent files, rapidshare downloads, NZB files or anything that could be considered a "direct" download (yes I know that torrent files don't actually contain any "real" data, but the copyright police would not see it that way). I would argue that hosting an open forum facilitating the trading of unauthorized DVD copies is more risky than allowing mention of a torrent site or newsgroup name.
I'm certainly against the idea of having "private" or "preferential" sections of the forum.
While it's true that we don't like to see people start new topics or post their trade lists in the fan edit or memorabilia forums, there's no rule in place that prohibits users from mentioning an interest in trading and their contact information. In fact, if you look around you will find several members who have forum signatures to this effect.
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