Sunday, January 29, 2012

It's a Beautiful Day - August 2011

In honor of PBS introducing a new show from Misters Rogers' Neighborhood production company - the first since MRN stopped production 10 years ago I think - I am posting a part of the testimony from Fred Rogers during the Sony-Betamax hearings where the gov't and some commercial greedies were opposing the personal recordings of copyright material via the new technology of VCR. The opposition (Big surprise) didn't like individuals deciding when they wanted to watch what and tried to use "copyright infringement" to control it. But a small number of producers and - most notably and most persuasive to the Supreme Court - Rogers, spoke up and showed that they were in the biz for the right reasons. Rogers said that his show was sometimes broadcast - at the choice of the station - at odd hours, so he was not opposed to anyone recording his show for personal use so that a family could watch it at a more convenient time. Rogers: "Very frankly, I am opposed to people being programmed by others. My whole approach in broadcasting has always been ‘You are an important person just the way you are. You can make healthy decisions.’ Maybe I’m going on too long, but I just feel that anything that allows a person to be more active in the control of his or her life, in a healthy way, is important.”

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