To clear things up for those who don't seem to understand, this isn't about saving Betamax the tape format, this is to prevent a ruling from being over turned. Basically the Supreme Court said it was okay for companies to make and sell VCR's for home use, and that includes Betamax, VHS, etc. If the Supreme Court ruled it was illegal we wouldn't have VCR's and things that could record video and sound!
If this ruling is over turned future recording devices may never see the light of day. Say HD DVD recorders, and other high resolution recording formats that are on their way.
The movie and music industry is so f'ing stupid to try and get the ruling over turned after it made them a fortune with VHS and DVD sales. They are STILL afraid that if higher quality recording formats are made available to the general public that people won't buy their movies and music. However, if they realse HD DVD's that offer higher quality than standard DVD's they can re-sell all the old movies they already sold on VHS, and then DVD.