1979 in home video
This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. (Learn how and when to remove these template messages)(Learn how and when to remove this template message)
1979 in home video:
- Judge Warren J. Ferguson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California rules that home videotaping of free television for personal use is legal under U.S. copyright laws denying a claim brought by Universal Studios and The Walt Disney Company against Sony to halt the manufacture and sale of Betamax videocassette recorders. The ruling was overturned in part by the Ninth Circuit Court but later upheld in 1984 by the Supreme Court of the United States in Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc..
- The Columbia Pictures studio forms a home entertainment division known as "Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment".
The following movies were released on video on the following dates:
|Title||Notes / Format||Studio||Reference|
|January 15||Shenandoah||Laserdisc release||MCA DiscoVision (Universal)|||
|January 29||Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein||Laserdisc release||MCA DiscoVision (Universal)|||
|February 12||Duel||Laserdisc release||MCA DiscoVision (Universal)||N/A|
|Jaws 2||Laserdisc release||Laserdisc release|||
|April 16||American Graffiti||Laserdisc release||MCA DiscoVision (Universal)|||
|July 2||The Last Remake of Beau Geste||Laserdisc release||MCA DiscoVision (Universal)||N/A|
- History of Media Technology (accessed 8 April 2011)
- Harwood, Jim (October 3, 1979). "Betamax(?) Court Victory". Daily Variety. p. 1.
- "Shenandoah". LaserDisc Database. 15 January 1979. Archived from the original on c. 1979. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
- "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein". Amazon. 29 January 1979. Archived from the original on c. 1979. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
- "Jaws 2". Amazon. 12 February 1979. Archived from the original on c. 1979. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
- "American Graffiti". Amazon. 16 April 1979. Archived from the original on c. 1979. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
This film, television or video-related list is incomplete; you can help by .