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Mark Sample on Twitter: "Jack Valenti, head the MPAA at the time, tells Congress in 1982: “I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston Strangler is to the woman home alone." 📼 ☠️ 🤦‍♂️"
Jack Valenti, head the MPAA at the time, tells Congress in 1982: “I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston Strangler is to the woman home alone."
mpaa  vcr  copyright  quotes  congress  1980s 
6 weeks ago by po
Audio/Video Recorder, Editor, Converter. Capture streaming video and audio.
Capture any sound played by a computer (including streaming audio, Internet telephony, and PC games), and use the included time shift-feature for off-hours recording.
mp3  capture  recording  audio  streaming  vcr  scheduled 
8 weeks ago by rsewan
        The work, that led to the development of the first practical television video tape recorder, did not flow from divine inspiration or a miraculous break through onto the road to success.
        The first video recorder was the end product of over four years of hard and, at times, inspired, work by a team of individuals, who brought their own unique skills to bear on the endless problems that confronted this pioneering development team.  At times, progress was agonizing slow, and twice, during this time period, the project was placed on the shelf, to await an uncertain destiny.

        As it turned out, however, much of the real work started after we made our first, real successful demonstration.  But this triumphant display was but in the dim, distant future, when the project commenced back in 1951.
history  video  vcr  ampex 
august 2018 by euler
Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria - The Atlantic
"Page had always wanted to digitize books. Way back in 1996, the student project that eventually became Google—a “crawler” that would ingest documents and rank them for relevance against a user’s query—was actually conceived as part of an effort “to develop the enabling technologies for a single, integrated and universal digital library.” The idea was that in the future, once all books were digitized, you’d be able to map the citations among them, see which books got cited the most, and use that data to give better search results to library patrons. But books still lived mostly on paper. Page and his research partner, Sergey Brin, developed their popularity-contest-by-citation idea using pages from the World Wide Web. (..)
There’s actually a long tradition of technology companies disregarding intellectual-property rights as they invent new ways to distribute content. In the early 1900s, makers of the “piano rolls” that control player pianos ignored copyrights in sheet music and were sued by music publishers. The same thing happened with makers of vinyl records and early purveyors of commercial radio. In the 60s, cable operators re-aired broadcast TV signals without first getting permission and found themselves in costly litigation. Movie studios sued VCR makers. Music labels sued KazaA and Napster. (..)
“I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone,” Jack Valenti, then the president of the MPAA, testified before Congress. (..)
The tipping point toward a settlement of Authors Guild v. Google was the realization that it offered a way to skirt this problem entirely. Authors Guild was a class action lawsuit, and the class included everyone who held an American copyright in one or more books. In a class action, the named plaintiffs litigate on behalf of the whole class (though anyone who wants to can opt out).
So a settlement of the Authors Guild case could theoretically bind just about every author and publisher with a book in an American library. In particular, you could craft a deal in which copyright owners, as a class, agreed to release any claims against Google for scanning and displaying their books, in exchange for a cut of the revenue on sales of those books.
“If you have a kind of an institutional problem,” said Jeff Cunard, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton who represented the publishers in the case, “you can address the issue through a class-action settlement mechanism, which releases all past claims and develops a solution on a going-forward basis. And I think the genius here was of those who saw this as a way of addressing the problem of out-of-print books and liberating them from the dusty corners to which they’d been consigned.”"
google  googlebooks  books  scanning  copyright  technology  classaction  vcr  mprr  pianoroll  vinyl  radio  tv  napster  settlement  larrypage 
may 2018 by gohai
R.I.P.: The world's last VCR will be manufactured this month
Japan's Funai Electric, which claims to be the world's last VCR manufacturer, says it will cease production of the machines this month.
technology  history  vcr 
march 2018 by jimmykduong
Last known VCR manufacturer to stop production
OSAKA, Japan, July 23 (UPI) -- If anyone has the urge to use a VCR, this will be your last chance to get one before they officially become a relic.
Japanese manufacturer Funai Electroc Co. will discontinue production of the machines at the end of July.
The advancement of technology and changing viewing habits have led to the VCR's decrease in popularity which has led to difficulty acquiring parts.
Funai sold 750,000 units last year , compared to around 15 million units during the the machine's heyday.
VCRs were first introduced for home use in 1960, but didn't gain mass-popularity until the early 1980s. The cost of a VCR in those days ranged from $600 to $1,200.
Funai started production of the machines in 1983 and remains the last-known manufacturer.
vcr  technology  history 
march 2018 by jimmykduong

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