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Posted: 6/3/2002 3:30:55 AM EST
Apprently, in 1998 Congress decided it wanted to create a new class of Pre-Ban/Post-Ban stuff. So, as of April 28, 2000, there are now Pre-Ban and Post-Ban VCRs, Betas, and 8mm Recorders.
I figured it would just be interesting to show how ridiculous Congress has become. Fortunately, all my VCRs are Pre-Bans.
Here is the Scary part --
(a) In General. - Any person who violates section 1201 or 1202 willfully and for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain -
(1) shall be fined not more than $500,000 or imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both, for the first offense; and
(2) shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both, for any subsequent offense.
altering a VCR to pre-ban configuration and then selling it can get you 5 years and a $500,000 fine and 10 years and a $1 MILLION fine. That is actually stiffer fine wise than having an illegal MG.
Its a good thing a old black magnavox I have is postpan with a defective postban feature. It apparently has a techincal glitch that prevents it from responding to AGC. I didnt do it, thou it is nice Mag did it for me. It has the electronics to respond to AGC it just fails to. oops..
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