What a Bunch of CRAP! in Chat Posted June 17, 2006 It correct that VCRs were "legalized" by the 1986 "Betamax" decision. The crux of the decision was that the VCRs had "substantial non-infringing uses"; i.e. video-taping junior's 8th birthday or security cameras, etc. Related to this, Congress has passed a law called the American Home Recording Act. It put a tax of a few pennies on casette tapes, blank CDs, etc. The tax is collected into a fund and then paid out to the record companies. Yet the same record companies receiving the money are allowed to attempt obstruct what our tax money is paying for. The bullshit from the RIAA? "The law doesn't stop us from trying to protect our content." So STOP taking the goddamned money!! There's been some talk in Congress of stopping payments to companies that use Right's Destruction Technology. Nothing concrete so far. I'm no expert, but, as far as I know, Congress never passed any laws, even with the Betamax case. That that was a Supreme Court decision. If it was laws put into the books, then, none of the media companies would have any leverage at all in terms of copying from TV, etc. The DMCA and useless copyright extensions ad infinitum are the only laws I know of that were passed to give the content owners the strong arm they currently have. Which was exactly what they wanted. Something like DMCA passed that was so vague it gave virtual power through fear over everything.