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It's the 30th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Monumental Decision About Betamax

Sony Betamax

Cable TV tuner box, Betamax player (with wired remote), turntable, RCA select-a-vision video disc player, 8 track player, receiver, around 1987.

Credit: Alan Light/Flickr

Those of us who came of age in the Internet era may not know that they owe their ability to go online to a court decision 30 years ago today about a mechanically intricate analog tape recorder.

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