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Believe it or not, Betamax is still relevant to our lives

21
Jan
2014

It’s been a while since anyone has used, thought about or cared about Betamax, the video cassette technology that lost out to VHS back in the 1980s. TorrentFreak points out, however, that Betamax is still very relevant to our lives even if we don’t know it. 30 years ago this week, the Supreme Court ruled that recording television shows on Betamax cassettes so that you could watch them at a later time did not constitute copyright infringement. This ruling paved the way for all kinds of technology that we’ve since used to make copies of copyrighted material, including CD burners, MP3 players and DVRs. What’s truly comical, as TorrentFreak notes, is the hysterical Congressional testimony given at the time by

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