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Betamaxed

A slang term describing a situation in which a product using inferior technology is marketed so successfully that it drives a product using superior technology out of business.
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The brief asks the Supreme Court to send the case back to the court below for additional factual inquiries that focus on whether the defendants' conduct amounted to the kind of bad behavior that is recognized as contributory or vicarious copyright infringement, wholly apart from the Sony Betamax standard.
This why you only see Betamax machines in charity shops and museums.
VHS tapes, on the other hand, have remained the industry standard for video since conquering the rival Betamax system.
They include ``ancient'' film strip machines that have been in storage for about 10 years, and Betamax videotape players from the 1980s.
Sony lost billions of pounds with their failed Betamax video format in 1975.
He analyzes the application of the Supreme Court's Sony Betamax case to such technologies as TiVo, MP3 players, and satellite radio; discusses the litigation brought by the music and motion picture industries against peer-to-peer networks such as Kazaa and BitTorrent; and explores challenges to copyright law resulting from the practice of audio and audio-visual "mash ups.
An end to the war means consumers can now be sure they won't be stuck with a 21st century equivalent of Betamax - Sony's videotape technology that lost out to VHS in the 1980s - and should help accelerate the shift to the new DVD.
Players for the two rival disc formats hit UK stores late last year, prompting comparisons with the battle between Betamax and VHS videos.
He'd been talked into buying a Betamax by the salesman and I thought it was the best thing ever.
Hit the rewind button on the Betamax video so many times that those of us still in the 1980s have had no option but to invest in a DVD player.
Sony's Betamax was defeat ed by JVC's VHS and Toshiba's DVD technology beat out Sony's to become the industry standard.
The Betamax debacle in the 80s would have finished most companies forever.