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Microsoft’s AI Tools Are Nothing Like The VCR * TorrentFreak

scary vcr“The VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston Strangler is to the woman home alone.”

The quote above comes from the late Jack Valenti, who was the Motion Picture Association’s boss in 1982, when he warned the House of Representatives of the looming video recorder threat.

With the benefit of hindsight, the VCR wasn’t all that scary for Hollywood. The movie industry continued to flourish in the decades that followed, while technology continued along the path of progress too. New inventions have come along and for many rightsholders, generative AI (GenAI) is today’s growing concern.

The VCR threat cemented itself in legal history through the Betamax decision which still plays a role today, for various reasons. As reported yesterday, the decision was cited in the ongoing legal battle between book publishers and the Internet Archive. Simultaneously, the VCR is also starring in a legal dispute between the New York Times and Microsoft.


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