Generally speaking, such a tactic would be counterproductive on their part if they have any desire to retain and expand an enthusiast community. If anything, they should be rewarding you for your work to make their equipment more usable. Many companies like TV guide services have provisions in their user agreements that prohibit "screen scraping" or other automated methods of capturing proprietary data and using it for unapproved commercial purposes. If other companies try to steal TiVo's commercial breakpoint data to use with other DVRs, surely TiVo could sue them, and the offending company would have to prove that their breakpoint data is independently derived. They might have to copyright it first, but lawsuits are a concept not unknown to TiVo. Improving the experience for all TiVo users has been moyekj's mission for years, and TiVo has benefited greatly. If they want to prevent use of their breakpoint data for automatic removal of commercials from transferred programs, maybe they could make that a provision of the TiVo user agreement until they decide to port the feature to Roamio and/or Premiere. I should hope that TiVo has people lurking here. They would be insane not to follow these discussions. And is it possible that they need to expose comskip data to RPC for their own purposes?