It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

February 28, 2003

Thanks, Mr. Rogers.

Jurist notes that Mr. Rogers influenced the Supreme Court's majority opinion in Sony v. University City Studios (the Betamax case).

"Fred Rogers [is] 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 [at trial] 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. If there are millions of owners of VTR's [video tape recorders] who make copies of televised sports events, religious broadcasts, and educational programs such as Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and if the proprietors of those programs welcome the practice, the business of supplying the equipment that makes such copying feasible should not be stifled simply because the equipment is used by some individuals to make unauthorized reproductions of respondents' works."

Posted by Andrew Raff at February 28, 2003 12:24 AM
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Since Mr. Rogers died, "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood" has been in my mind. I have forgotten exactly how it goes and would really like to sing the little song each day in a tribute to Mr. Rogers. Please e-mail the words to "It's a beautiful day in the Neighborhood." It would be very much appreciated.

Posted by: E. Seymour on June 14, 2003 09:10 AM

I also would like someone to email me the words to the song, "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood."

Posted by: Karen Druen on September 15, 2003 08:50 PM