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Ever since the Betamax ruling in 1984, inventors have been free to create new copying technologies as long as they are capable of substantial noninfringing (legal) uses. But by the end of this year, all that could change. In MGM v. Grokster
, Hollywood and the recording industry are asking for the power to sue out of existence any technology that appears to be a threat, even if it passes the Betamax test. That puts at risk any copying technology that Betamax
currently protects as well as any new technologies Hollywood doesn't like.
To raise awareness about what's at stake in the Grokster case
, EFF is profiling one Betamax-protected gadget every weekday until the oral arguments before the Supreme Court on March 29.