Betamax

The Supreme Court's ruling in Sony v. Universal Studios (aka the Betamax case) is a landmark copyright precedent that has sheltered a wide array of technology innovators from lawsuits at the hands of the entertainment industries. In 1984 the Court held that a company -- in this instance a VCR manufacturer -- was not liable for creating a technology that some customers may use for copyright infringing purposes so long as the technology is capable of substantial non-infringing uses. In other words where a technology has many uses the public cannot be denied the lawful uses just because some (or many or most) may use the product to infringe copyrights.

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This Thursday night, join grassroots EFA organizers discussing digital rights campaigns across the US: https://eff.org/2016-07-EFA

Jul 26 @ 9:41pm

You pay for federally funded research. You should be allowed to read it. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks...

Jul 26 @ 2:52pm

We're challenging a broken digital copyright law in court. Read @Doctorow's explanation in the Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/t...

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