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US Supreme Court Declares Home VCRs Legal (1984) Options
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US Supreme Court Declares Home VCRs Legal (1984)

After Sony introduced the Betamax home video tape recorder in the mid-1970s, Universal Studios sued, alleging that Betamax facilitated copyright infringement by allowing users to make copies of television programs. After an eight-year legal battle, the US Supreme Court ruled that using the new technology to "time-shift" one's television viewing constituted fair use. By then, Betamax had been eclipsed by the VHS format. What later case concerned the "space-shifting" of media? More...
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US Supreme Court Declares Home VCRs Legal (1984)
After Sony introduced the Betamax home video tape recorder in the mid-1970s, Universal Studios sued, alleging that Betamax facilitated copyright infringement by allowing users to make copies of television programs. After an eight-year legal battle, the US Supreme Court ruled that using the new technology to "time-shift" one's television viewing constituted fair use. By then, Betamax had been eclipsed by the VHS format.
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US Supreme Court Declares Home VCRs Legal (1984)
After Sony introduced the Betamax home video tape recorder in the mid-1970s, Universal Studios sued, alleging that Betamax facilitated copyright infringement by allowing users to make copies of television programs. After an eight-year legal battle, the US Supreme Court ruled that using the new technology to "time-shift" one's television viewing constituted fair use. By then, Betamax had been eclipsed by the VHS format.
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Such restrictions are tantamount to the limitation of the spread of information. Driven by very different incentives, the Soviets had imposed (or at least were trying to do so) very similar restrictions on the use of Xerox copiers, typewriters, tape recorders and so on. The case when extremes meet.
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Betamax x Universal

It was a small point the immense ocean of competition between the biggest VCR and Television companies in the US and in the newly formed image market that was recently blasted by the ability to record the broadcasted images by the TV stations.
This is a chapter of a very long novel of the image war initiated with RCA in the 1930's against the firsts explorers of the electronic image transmitter, lately called TV. This war produced not only torrents of legal battles and courts feuds, but also a major breakthrough in technologies that open up the humankind for the new era of development right after the Industrial Revolution. The Information Revolution.
This new race in human evolution was possible thanks to inventions like tube valves, electrical transmitter, transistors, capacitors and a variety of other electronic implements invented over this image era.
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