Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Betamax decision on a suit by Walt Disney and Universal Studios against Sony. The courts decided that home taping off air television was breaking the law. Curiously, the record industry never filed a similar suit against audio recorder manufacturers. "Parasitic and predatory," says Stanly Gortikov, President of RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), regarding the blank tape industry. "Home taping has exploded. The shrapnel of that explosion drains the lifeblood of the musical community...it renders weak the recording companies whose works have become a worldwide means of communication."
Our subhead "Blank Tape Is Derivative, Nothing of Itself" is by David Horowitz, of Warner Communications (from "The War Against Home Taping," in Rolling Stone, Sept 16, 1982, p. 62).