At 9/14/04 09:34 AM, TomFulp wrote:
Before there was VHS, Betamax was the first format for making home-recordings of television and movies. The film industry was very displeased with the format and fought to outlaw it. They lost in the Supreme Court and to this day the ruling protects all forms of "copying", such as Tivo, DVD and CD burners.
The film industry was probably against it because it was Japanese: Sony created Betamax; I still have one in my attic.
The film and music industries are trying to pull a fast by pushing new legislation that will undermine this decision. If they succeed, it could be a huge headache for new technologies, which will be tied up by injunctions, depositions, and discovery motions.
This is most likely a knee-jerk reaction after the 'napster ruling' they still want to be able to sell CDs and DVDs, where Napster lets you download them, giving the industry less of a profit.
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Sadly, I can do nothing, as I'm in the UK, but if something like this happens on this side of the pond, I shall be out there in force!!!