wow thanks to tvtropes i just learned mr. rogers is the reason recording TV on like a DVR or VCR or whatever isn't illegal

"In a case that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1984, the TV and movie industries sued manufactures of VCRs on the grounds that recording their programming was copyright infringement. Enter Fred Rogers, who testified on behalf of home recording, saying he didn't mind if people recorded his shows and that it was a very good thing for families to be able to watch programs together whenever they wanted to, rather than being controlled by an arbitrary network. The court specifically cited his testimony in their decision. So in other words if you like not being tied down to Appointment Television, you can thank Mr. Rogers."


@vantablack have you seen the video of Mr Rogers testimony before the budget committee, regarding funding for public television? It's my absolute favorite Mr Rogers moment.
For you or those reading that have not:

@vantablack Quite a few years before that (1969), he also saved funding for public TV. His speech to congress was very moving. Here it is if you're interested:

@vantablack THE GOAT

and the fact that this helped preserve so many important occasions in general history is something, alright

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