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Betamax / Lawsuit #252086

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 18, 1977
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(Studio) television age and new electronic machine cause legal battle.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Los Angeles, California) Report on Universal Studios and Walt Disney Prods.' lawsuit against Sony to stop product of Betamax home videotape recorder. (Taped television showing of movie "Airport `75", done by Ron Flagg, shown.) At Universal's parent company, MCA, execs. not happy. [MCA president Sidney SHEINBERG - cites problems to company in getting financial returns from TV shows if tape machine available.] Lawsuit charges copyright violation. [Sony Corporation of American president Harvey SCHEIN - cites disagreement with charge.] Question with regard to who owns what comes over air waves. Cts. have ruled radio shows can be taped.
REPORTER: Richard Wagner

[SHEINBERG - compares taping television to stealing cars. Motion picture is protected by copyright law.] [SCHEIN - says people in homes should be able to do as they want with reception from public air waves.] Zenith about to enter market MCA and PCA have video disc systems waiting.

(Studio) Cost of tape on which to record noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Wagner, Richard

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