I think Betamax
was the better format but VHS had better marketing.
Sadly, I was probably the only person in the crowd old enough to understand my Betamax
to Blockbuster is beautifully conceived and written.
Some still believe that Betamax
was a superior technology, but their opinions ran counter to consumer decisions.
When they have grandkids that'll be the equivalent of saying you got out your Betamax
at one of the most important moments in your life.
Examples of specific topics include intellectual property isolationism and the average cost thesis, the Betamax
case and fair use as market failure, custom and law as sources of property rights in news, patents and the anticommons in biomedical research, empirical analysis of patenting in the US semiconductor industry, the law and economics of rights in valuable information, and the role of market forces in assuring contractual performance in trademark.
If they pursued claims of secondary liability (contributory infringement and inducement), Cablevision would have likely asserted the Betamax
defense: that the device was capable of substantial noninfringing use, and, therefore, they were not liable for the copying of customers using the device.
Confined to yesteryear, Betamax
was a home videocassette released by Sony in the mid 70s.
I'M STILL A LITTLE BITTER about the Betamax
video cassette player my parents bought back in the 80s.
The defeat banished HD DVD to the way of Betamax
, the format which lost out to VHS as the standard for videocassettes in the 1980s and became obsolete.
Newspapers are now sorting out their own version of the Betamax
versus VCR fight for supremacy in video technology back in the 1980s.