But anyway, I usually go by if it breaks any U.S. laws (since CNET is based in the U.S.) then it could violate CNET's TOS. So, the subject of how to put store bought DVDs on an iPod could get locked. It violates the DMCA. And I've seen such threads get locked. Sometimes I skirt the issue by linking to a site like PC Magazine, which has written about software that does this. Or even iLounge, which spells this out step by step. If anyone is going to have to take down anything, I'll leave to the likes of PC Magazine and iLounge. As for the rest, I imagine what they're thinking is if it may trigger a DMCA takedown notice, they'll lock it. For whatever reason, this thread was flying under the radar for an entire year before it somehow got up to the top again. With that, a mod took notice and decided to lock it.
On that note, I do think that it's somewhat uneven as to what gets locked or not. Especially since these topics are discussed on various shows and videos. There was even a Quick Tips video done last year about how to download YouTube videos (even the ones that aren't exactly legal). It's pretty much the same thing that the Hulu thread was doing...flash video capture. I still have that video!
But I don't think a lot of the mods actually listen to the podcasts. I remember one time something got locked in the Gadgettes Forum because the mod mistook a "Pink Watch" nominee for spam. And once even Tom ran afoul of the mods. I remember a thread that Tom was involved in (can't remember the subject) that got locked. And he's a CNET editor!
Locking the Hulu thread, apparently because it violates *Hulu's TOS* had a major chilling effect on me.
So I was wondering if anyone can tell me what are the rules for what we can, and can't talk about. Jailbreaking the iPhone? How to put your store bought DVD on an iPod? Using a proxy to watch the BBC online? I know all of these have been discussed on various CNET shows. Are they off limits here?
I didn't read anything in *this* forum's TOS to suggest that discussing what are essentially Boxee alternatives count as a violation (except possibly piracy?). So does this mean we have to follow the TOS of every site, service, or product we talk about? Is it the case that if a company complains about a given thread, that thread is then locked?
I understand the need to lock threads. And I'm willing to go by the rules. I just would like to know what they are. As I certainly wouldn't have expected violating the TOS of another site to be a lockable offense.