I'm teaching a class on computer law and the night's lecture is on cyberspace and copyrights.
I begin with a general overview of copyrights and then start talking about the Sony safe-harbor decision.
The Sony Safe Harbor rule, which sprang out of the case of Sony v Universal Studios, essentially summarized, is that if a technological device is capable of mainly non-copyright-infringing uses, then it is not banned as a technology just because it might have infringing uses as well. This decision has had a profound effect on computer and home entertainment technology. In fact, the decision, so bitterly opposed by the MPAA, has resulted in their making massive revenues off the sale first of movies on Betamax and VHS tapes, and then on laser disc and DVDs.
Sadly, None of the law students in the class knew what the namesake of the safe harbor rule, the Sony Betamax even was.
None of them currently own a VCR.
At least all of them knew what Napster was, so we could analyze how the courts ruled that it didn't fit the Sony safe harbor.
Ah, a bunch of kids and Baby Sharks, the lot of them.