Answer: Mr. Rogers
Today we take the recording and time shift of television for granted. Did you find a new show that you love? Add it to the queue in your TiVo and enjoy it at will. However, in the early days of home recording equipment, the legality of recording television broadcasts was highly controversial – the debate went through to the Supreme Court of the United States.
The case of Sony Corp. of America's Universal City Studios, Inc. commonly known as the "Betamax Case", was instrumental in determining the recording freedoms that we enjoy today. Of all the testimonies heard in the case, those of Fred Rogers, the Lord Rogers of Lord. Rogers & # 39; Neighborhood was by far the most noteworthy and was well received by both the judges and the general public. In 1
"Some public broadcasters as well as commercial broadcasters program the" neighborhood "for hours when some children can not use them. I think it is a real service for families to be able to record such programs and show them at appropriate times. With the advent of this new technology that allows people to pick up the "neighborhood" from the air, I always have the feeling and I speak for the "neighborhood" because that's what I produce, and then they become much more active in programming the television life of her family. Frankly, I'm against people being programmed by others. My whole approach to radio has always been, "You are an important person as you are. You can make healthy decisions. "Maybe I'm going too long, but I just feel that anything that allows a person to be more active in controlling their lives in a healthy way is important."
The judges considered Roger's testimony as strong evidence, especially with regard to the reach of the 3,000,000 family, the Mr. Rogers & # 39; Neighborhood had shown that copyright owners and content producers were ready to allow private time-shifting and endorsed the practice. The production of Betamax devices as well as video recorders, DVD recorders and much later also digital recorders like TiVos depended on the decision. The next time you make your own show at a convenient time for you, take a moment to remember Mr Rogers and how his influential testimony and desire to empower people are yours to make their own decisions, have changed the law of the country.
Courtesy of PBS.