thrasherrr: A fraction of the price of each CD-R in America goes the the RIAA.Only CD-Rs made for music. Pure data CD-Rs do not give them anythingYes, but the difference is only in labeling AFAIKThere are some bits inscribed into the burst cutting area that identify the media for recorders that care, but otherwise they are the same.
Vaneshi: FTA: and for a copyright "levy" (now common outside the United States) of up to $50 per device and $5 per blank tape.Bullshiat. But I'd expect such absolute bollocks from Slate. If that were the case then it would be impossible to have a device that cost less than $50 (£30)... you could pickup a cheap MP3 player from the petrol station for £5.Yes, there were (and probably are) media that has an additional fee to cover a license for any copyrighted material on them but these never actually sell simply because even if you were to use 'sanctioned' media you'd still get busted and fined for (C) infringement so you might as well keep buying the cheap and equally good media.But that's different from saying EVERY device and item of media has such a levy on it.
ArkAngel: grimlock1972: iheartscotch: lohphat: Betamax died because Sony was greedy about licensing. They never learned their lesson.I'm looking at you PS3.I don't know. Bluray did win out over HD./ I watched a documentary about Beta vs. VHS; they implied that VHS' success had a lot to do with the pron industry.It did the pron industry locked in to using VHS because it could record longer than Betamax and that's was all she wrote.Hollywood did the same not long after and betamax died.VHS was also cheaper. And just like with Blu-Ray over HD-DVD, it was pron, Disney, and Walmart that were the deciders
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