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UK very close to legalised personal CD ripping

1 June is back up your music collection day
Mon Mar 31 2014, 09:43
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UK PUNTERS can legally rip their own CDs from the start of June without worrying that someone will turn up at their door and browbeat them for it.

Presently it is illegal to rip and copy your CD of The Best of Queen to your iPod or equivalent. This means that if it gets scratched or goes missing you are doomed to buying another copy. It also means that you are not allowed to copy a CD for use on an MP3 player.

Not so from June though, as then an update to UK copyright law means that people that have bought a CD in a store or as a download will be allowed to copy it.

You won't be able to make copies for other people, but you can make a dub for the car, for example.

The change comes about as a result of the Hargreaves review, which looked at UK copyright and communications laws.

"The changes make small but important reforms to UK copyright law and aim to end the current situation where minor and reasonable acts of copying which benefit consumers, society and the economy are unlawful," said the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

"They also remove a range of unnecessary rules and regulations from the statute book in line with the government's aim to reduce regulation."

In more detailed information (PDF) the IPO said that people cannot grant friends access to cloud storage lockers that include content either.

All content formats, except computer software, but including DVDs and ebooks, can also be ‘format shifted' according to the IPO. However, it added that DVDs will include protection against this, and recommended that anyone that finds this protection too strong should complain to the secretary of state.

Content is not tied to the individual and you will be able to part with content that you no longer want. The IPO said that your copies must be destroyed if you take this route.

Also updated are rules on using quotes or other parts of other peoples' work, and the right to create parodies. µ


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