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Betamax-dommen i fare [Was: Udlån af min videobåndoptager]



On Thu, 05 Aug 2004 22:38:34 +0200, Erik Lange <sslug@sslug>
wrote:

>On Thu, 05 Aug 2004 10:57:14 +0200, Peter Maersk-Moller
><sslug@sslug> wrote:
>
>>Hej
>>
>>Som i kan se på Reuters/Yahoo under "TiVo Wins Nod for Users to Share Digital Shows"
>>http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=581&e=2&u=/nm/20040804/tc_nm/media_tivo_fcc_dc
>>er der kommet en overraskende beslutning fra FCC
>>
>>Hvad gælder der egentlig af regler herhjemme ?

<snip>

>Jeg vil mene at retstilstanden for brug af videooptagere idag baserer
>sig på "BEtamax-dommen" fra starten af firserne, hvor Filmbranchen
>forsøgte at få kendt Sony's hjemmevideomaskiner ulovlige, men tabte.
>
>Jeg har aldrig læst selve dommen - desværre, den er jo nærmest
>legandarisk - men læste fornylig, at der nu er en senator i USA, der
>har fremsat, eller vil fremsætte, forslag om, at den ikke længere bør
>danne præcedens for ny teknologi, netop med udgangspunkt i et ønske
>fra industrien om via lovgivning at begrænse mulighederne for lovligt
>at benytte TiVo og lignende teknologier.

En artikel om det nye forslag, "INDUCE":

"What the bill boils down to is giving copyright holders a virtual
veto power over any technological development that could possibly be
used to distribute copyrighted material. It gives them this power by
establishing contributory liability under copyright law for anyone who
creates, develops, implements, or distributes technology (hardware or
software) that is capable of disseminating copyrighted material
without compensation to the copyright holders."

[...]

"All the promoters of the bill (including, to no one’s surprise, the
MPAA and the RIAA) say the bill will only be used to go after the "bad
actors" engaged in promoting out-and-out piracy, but the reach is
actually far greater. INDUCE is an overt and direct attempt to
overturn the Supreme Court decision in Sony v. Universal Studios, the
"Betamax case." That case established that if a device has substantial
non-infringing uses, its developers, manufacturers, and distributors
could not be found guilty of contributory copyright infringement if
the device was also used to make unlawful copies of copyrighted works.
For 20 years, the Betamax case has provided a safe harbor for hardware
and software creators, protecting them from pre-emptive litigation
from the "Big Content" entities intended to drive them out of business
by forcing them to incur immense legal fees to defend themselves from
these attacks."

http://www.streamingmedia.com/article.asp?id=8739

Med venlig hilsen,
Erik Lange


 
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