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friendly_iconoclast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-05-09 09:29 PM
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107. So, when are you giving up your computer, CD/DVD burner, and DVR?
Edited on Sat Sep-05-09 09:30 PM by friendly_iconoclast
After all, they just make too easy for a 'law abiding' computer owner like yourself to become a video pirate.

Ditto for the broadband Net connection and hi-cap hard drive. Who knows when you'll flip out and start hosting
violent porn or the wit and wisdom of Ernest Zundel? You simply shouldn't have the ability to do these things at all!

Huh. I guess I really should have said that somebody mouthing the gun militant line "individuals are responsible for how guns are used" was spouting meaningless noise, rather than irrelevant opinion.

It's not your fault you are being tempted. It's on the head of those irresponsible assholes at Bell, Rogers, Emachines,
Apple, Dell, Phillips, et al that people do bad deeds with the stuff they make and supply.

You're giving the old Disney/Universal line in the "Betamax Case" - having the ability to do something is the same as doing it, so you shouldn't have the ability:


U.S. Legal Decision

Universal City Studios, Inc. et al. v. Sony Corporation of America Inc. et al., commonly known as the Betamax case, was the first concerted legal response of the American film industry to the home video revolution. After nearly a decade of announcements and false starts by one American company or another, Sony, the Japanese electronics manufacturing giant, introduced its Betamax video tape recorder to the U.S. consumer market in early 1976 at an affordable price. In its marketing strategy Sony promoted the machine's ability to "time shift" programming--that is, to record a television program off the air even while watching another show on a different channel.

The plaintiffs, Universal and Walt Disney Productions on behalf of the Hollywood majors, charged that the ability of the Betamax to copy programming off air was an infringement of copyright and sought to halt the sale of the machines.
The studios were ostensibly trying to protect film and television producers from the economic consequences of unauthorized mass duplication and distribution. However, Universal might have also wanted to prevent Betamax from capturing a significant segment of the fledgling home video market before its parent company, MCA, could introduce its DiscoVision laserdisc system, which was to scheduled for test marketing in the fall of 1977.....

....The Betamax case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which reversed the appeals court decision on 17 January 1984.....


Harris, Paul. "Supreme Court O.K.'s Home Taping: Approve 'Time Shifting' for Personal Use." Variety (Los Angeles), 18 June 1984.

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