The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has launched their new anti-piracy campaign with the slogan copying is stealing. TheRegister takes you back to the pre-digital age, when the movie industry was concerned about the state-of-the-art technology of the time: The VCR. This short article also goes through some of the major and more recent milestones in the battle between free digital content distribution & copyright owners.
In another 1980s US case (Sony vs Universal City Studios), the court agreed that video recorders would be used to copy television programmes. UCS claimed that Sony was liable for copyright infringement as it supplied the video recorders.As we can see, the events of recent days, months or years actually aren’t that unique, and that the history is once again repeating itself.