Video: Crackdown in the Living Room

A court decision finds home taping to be illegal

You want to talk about it now?"

"Give me a cigarette first," the Consumer said.

The Detective slid him the pack.

"Some you watch, right? Then erase. Some you keep. Let's hear about those."

"My Little Margie, complete." The Consumer's cigarette stuck to his dry lips, and he burned his finger trying to rescue it. "Twilight Zone. Gilligan's Island and The Muppets for the kids. I videotaped the royal wedding but I erased it."

The Detective leaned in. "Erase them, keep them. No difference. How many shows you tape with your Betamax?"

"I don't know," the Consumer said.


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