MEDIA PURCHASERS in the UK can finally legally protect their own property and create a backup copy of it.
This has been coming but is actually the law now. Under new provisions people will have the right to copy the CDs that they buy and generally do what is called format shifting. The change means that users will be able to legally, and please steel yourselves for a shock, copy a CD that they own to their iTunes software.
It also allows for the use of content for satirical purposes. The Open Rights Group (ORG) welcomed the passage of the law and celebrated the end of a long campaign.
"After nine years of campaigning, Open Rights Group is delighted that copyright exceptions for parody and format shifting have passed into law.
"It has been a long, drawn-out campaign but we're delighted that people who contribute to the rich creativity of the internet by creating parodies will now have protection under the law. It's also right that copying our own legally bought music or books for personal use will no longer be illegal," said ORG executive director Jim Killock.
"Thanks to these changes, the government has taken this significant step towards making copyright law reflect the way we use and share content in the digital age. Contrary to what copyright lobbyists claim, updating the law will actually benefit rights holders by ensuring we have a stronger, more legitimate copyright regime."
The UK Pirate Party was more cautious, and called the move a "good start" on the path to a sensible copyright regime.
"It's good news that the government and EU has begun to agree with what the Pirate Party has been saying for some time now, changing copyright law is not a threat to artists," said Pirate Party leader Loz Kaye.
"The right to parody is fundamentally about the right to free speech. This is an area where copyright has been used to shut down legitimate comment... We are looking forward to more common sense updating of copyright law. It's time to have an honest debate about copyright term lengths."
While you can copy content for personal use you are not allowed to copy and sell a CD, for example. Under those circumstances you are expected to delete your copy. µ
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