Re: [rumori] FWD: Sad day in the neighborhood

From: Lloyd Dunn (
Date: Fri Feb 28 2003 - 02:03:21 PST

Perhaps one of the best things about Mr. Rogers is this (via Pho):

In memoriam to a caring, honest and decent human being, and a champion of
fair use, from the website of the Home Recording Rights Coalition,

How Mr. Rogers Saved the VCR

In [the Sony Betamax] ruling that home time-shift recording of television
programming for private use was not copyright infringement, the Supreme
Court relied on testimony from television producers who did not object to
such home recording. One of the most prominent witnesses on this issue was
Fred Rogers.

The Supreme Court wrote:

"Second is the testimony of Fred Rogers, president of the corporation that
produces and owns the copyright on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. The program
is carried by more public television stations than any other program. Its
audience numbers over 3,000,000 families a day. He testified that he had
absolutely no objection to home taping for noncommercial use and expressed
the opinion that it is a real service to families to be able to record
children's programs and to show them at appropriate times. "

(Excerpt from Mr. Rogers' trial testimony: ) "Some public stations, as well
as commercial stations, program the 'Neighborhood' at hours when some
children cannot use it. . . . I have always felt that with the advent of all
of this new technology that allows people to tape the 'Neighborhood'
off-the-air, and I'm speaking for the 'Neighborhood' because that's what I
produce, that they then become much more active in the programming of their
family's television life. Very frankly, I am opposed to people being
programmed by others. My whole approach in broadcasting has always been 'You
are an important person just the way you are. You can make healthy
decisions.' Maybe I'm going on too long, but I just feel that anything that
allows a person to be more active in the control of his or her life, in a
healthy way, is important."

>The following article even mentions the fact that one of the things
>Mr. Rogers accomplished was convincing kids that they couldn't go
>down the drain! which of course reminded me of my 1st cd and
>"Draining." I should mention that I've always liked Mr. Rogers. I
>was trying to create a surreal sound piece which happened to sample
>him, not a criticism of him or his show, which I watched throughout
>my childhood. sigh.
>anyway - here's the article...
>jon nelson
>'Mister Rogers' Dies of Cancer at 74


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