In Cafe Society, a request was put out for copies of tapes of several early seasons of The Amazing Race, which are not available on DVD at this point. The person making the request offered to pay cost of materials and shipping, not for the actual program. This was C.K. Dexter Haven’s response:
Is it really board policy that making copies for strictly home use for someone else and getting reimbursed only the cost of materials and shipping is against SDMB policy? On every other board I’ve been on, that’s not considered a violation of copyright as long the actual show isn’t being charged for. I’ve made lots of dubs of TV shows and sent them to people, getting repaid the postage and cost for a tape, and it’s my understanding that that’s legal and should therefore be allowable.
Policy clarification, please? Because if I dub a tape for someone to watch who missed the show, I fail to see now I am violating copyright to ask that the person I’m sending it to pay for my purchase of a tape and postage.