Ripping CD's for personal use about to become legal in the UK

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 12:32

Ripping CD's for personal use about to become legal in the UK

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Changes to the UK Copyright Act will soon allow anyone in the UK to make personal copies of any media they own (e.g. CD's, ebooks, films, photos but not computer software) for their own private use including format shifting and personal on-line storage.  It will still be illegal to make copies for anyone else (including family and friends) to make copies of any media that the individual does not own, and to give anyone else access to the copies including the personal storage.    Other changes to the Act include widening the permitted use of quotations and limited parodying rights e.g. video remixes on YouTube, although the owner still has the right to object to derogatory treatment.

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