80 Years of Oops
September 1973's Dealerscope said a showroom onsite could display 2,000 of the 10,000 items for sale in a 468-page catalog, and it sold just about everything—jewelry, watches, toys, china and glassware, home entertainment equipment, appliances, cameras and so on, even the "Car/Puter, a new car-buying service."
Memberships cost $10 per year to purchase from the catalog; most orders placed could be picked up by the consumer three days later. The concept went over like the proverbial lead zeppelin; last time I bought gas, the only majaps I saw were used to heat up skanky burritos.
But how familiar does this 1982 excerpt sound? "VCRs capable of recording copyrighted material without permission of a rights holder, and satellite TV, able to pluck copyrighted material out of the sky, have stretched the concept of copyright protection to the breaking point."