I’d have never guessed that Fred Rogers was an early, vocal proponent of fair use rights. Here’s an excerpt from his testimony during the Sony Betamax trial.
“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.”