Sometimes my Camcorder says "Protection" and I can't record on the memory stick or the tape.
A picture of protection tab in protection position
I have the same problem. My tape protection tab is in the record position.
Recording to Memory Stick: If you are trying to record to a memory stick and the display shows "Protection" or "Write Protection", you must slide the Safety Tab on the back of the memory stick to the unlock position.
Recording to a Tape: If you are trying to record to a tape and the display shows "Protection", you must slide the protection tab at the top of the tape to the "Rec" position. Here's a picture of protection tab in record position:
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