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Save Betamax Call In DayThe folks at Downhill Battle have launched the Save Betamax campaign, which included a National Call In Day on September 14. While the official Call In Day is over, we can still make a difference with phone calls, letters, and emails to our local state representatives. What is the deal with Betamax? It's like this:

Many years ago, the entertainment industry tried to do away with VCR's citing that it was illegal to make unauthorized copies of their material. Courts decided that there were many legal advantages to the technology, despite the fact that few might abuse it. They let it stick. Betamax gaded away because the VHS standard beat it out, however, the court decision stands to this day. The Betamax ruling is the only thing that protects your right to own a VCR, tape recorder, CD-burner, DVD-burner, iPod, or TiVo.

With the recent Induce Act, lobbyists are trying to get the Betamax decision overturned, which would create a huge liability for any business that makes products which can copy sound or video. It would give the entertainment industry the power to essentially veto new technology. Want to help keep our precious tech moving forward? Check out savebetamax.org.

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Clerks 10th Anniversary DVDToday's DVD releases are definately heavy on the comedy, with Saturday Night Live "Best Of" sets, Eddie Murphy: Raw, Clerks X, Will and Grace and more. Of course, there is more for those who enjoy the more serious flicks. If you like a combination of both, pick up Soul Plan, which was seriously unfunny.

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DVD Releases 8/31/04 August 31 The Passion of the Christ JewThis week's upcoming DVD Releases feature quite a few that people have been waiting for. Depending on who you are, either The Passion of the Christ or South Park: The Passion of the Jew will make your want list. If not, there is always that zany Captain Kirk along with his sidekick Spock to keep you entertained.

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Fahrenheit 9/11 P2PIt seems that Michael Moore is either a really brash SOB, or really has it out for Bush to the point where he doesn't even care about profit:

"I don't agree with copyright laws, and I don't have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it ... as long as they're not trying to make a profit off my labor," Moore said in a recent interview. "I make these movies and books and TV shows because I want things to change, and so the more people who get to see them, the better."

Okay Michael, if you say so.
Spider-Man 2 MovieOkay, we know. Spider-Man 2 is set to hit theaters nationwide tomorrow. Based on the popularity of the orignal, industry experts are expecting this to be one of the biggest opening weekends for a movie, ever. Many who were able to catch a sneak peek at the premier and in private screening have had nothing but good things to say. Check out the link below for early reviews, and then use the site to get your tickets early!

Spider-Man 2 Reviews and Tickets | Rotten Tomatoes

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