FAQ: Betamax–tech’s favorite ruling | Tech News on ZDNet:

“On Tuesday morning, lawyers from Hollywood and the technology industry will meet at the U.S. Supreme Court to argue over the fate of peer-to-peer software. But they’ll be spending much of their time talking about the VCR.

At the core of the file-swapping dispute is an interpretation of the 20-year-old decision that made Sony’s Betamax legal to sell in the United States. Much of the subsequent consumer electronics industry has been built with that decision in mind, and now companies are worried that it’s open for review.

The following list of frequently asked questions is a layman’s guide to why the Betamax ruling matters today.”

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Top court to hear landmark P2P case Tuesday
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For the millions of us who want to keep our personal fair use, we will be watching this very carefully. They better well not tell us we can’t make personal fair use of VCRs, MP3 players, computers, CDRWs, DVD-RWs, etc., as has always been. That’s all I gotta say.

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