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Copyright Ruling Rings With Echo of Betamax

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Sandra Day O'Connor

Sandra Day OConnor was a deciding vote in a 1984 Supreme Court decision that permitted people to tape television shows.

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Before Napster and LimeWire, before Megauploads and the Pirate Bay, media companies' epic struggle against copying, piracy and generally losing control over their creations can be traced to a legal fight more than 30 years ago over a device that has long since passed on to the great trash heap in the sky: the Sony Betamax.

From The New York Times
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