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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Britain Legalized Ripping CDs

Britain Legalized Ripping CDs

Britain Legalized Ripping CDs

Added: Saturday, January 5th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
Surprisingly enough, the UK government has vowed to decriminalize the ripping of CDs into digital formats. More than a decade after Napster popularized the use of digital music, which turned a lot of people into hardened criminals, the British authorities have decreed that people transferring music between various devices should no longer be pilloried.

During a review of Intellectual Property policy, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills has taken a decision that it would drag its outdated law into the 21st century. The statement in question read that the government would allow consumers to copy digital content they have purchased onto any medium or device they own, but only for their own personal use like transferring their music collection or eBooks to their tablet, smartphone or to a private cloud.

In other words, sharing content between the devices is no longer a criminal act, after a consultation with industry representatives during the government’s Hargreaves Review. According to Business Secretary Vince Cable, the “common sense” approach would also be not so bad for businesses. It was pointed out that making the intellectual property framework fit for the modern world isn’t just common sense but also good business sense: bringing the legislation into line with ordinary consumers’ reasonable expectations would undoubtedly boost respect for copyright, on which the creative industries rely.
Cable added he felt they had struck the right balance between enhancing the way people benefit from copyright content they have legitimately paid for, encouraging business opportunities and protecting the rights of content creators.

Nevertheless, the move has angered the Musician’s Union, with General Secretary John Smith claiming that more should be done to compensate the musicians. He said that while the Union understands the need for the exception to bring the legislation into line with consumer behaviour, they still feel strongly that the lack of fair compensation would considerably disadvantage artists in relation to the vast majority of their European counterparts.

January 5th,2013

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Date:  Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Comments (12) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET lover (2013-01-05 21:02:26)
firefoxsniper avatarNevertheless, the move has angered the Musician’s
General Secretary, John Smith. He said the need for the exception would considerably disadvantage counterparts
and those with small one's.

posted by (2013-01-06 00:45:37)
No avatarwell if thats the case, John smith needs a reality check and understand everybody from police judge, s, lawyers and even artists themselves have been illegally listening to digital songs on their ipods and other devices for near a decade.

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2013-01-06 01:32:39)
fusseltier avatari've been lucky i ripped my stuff, cd's and dvd's have a shelf life (oxidation called cd rot) and have been obsolete for over 15 years, and even some of my dvd0s that look gold have had some kind of mold or something on them or in them...
i have too many cd's and dvd's that i have bought, just to have to buy them again, which they probably intended on you to do.
at least vinyl didn't have this problem.

posted by Turtle (2013-01-06 01:33:31)
djstorm2008 avatarThe is just another case of ignorant laws catching up with the modern world!
What do the artists expect??? Do they want people to purchase a separate copy for each device that we want to have the song on??? They can go screw themselves if they think that!!!
Personally, as a DJ, here in the US, once I purchase a song, I can transfer it to different devices & legally make myself a back-up copy.
That applies to any song that I actually purchased! I can have the original CD, a back-up CD, plus digital copies!

posted by (2013-01-06 09:42:27)
Jonesey avatarThat would be fun...to have a HD movie on vinyl:)

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-01-06 20:00:13)
Embolism avatar@5 some of us remember the first video discs the size of an LP,lol.

posted by Kitty (2013-01-07 03:08:44)
Crash1 avatarSilentninja DOES have a point ... without this update, EVERY iPOD OWNER WAS BREAKING THE LAW! Too bad some other countries haven't modified their outdated laws to keep up with modern expectations.

'Musician’s Union General Secretary John Smith claiming that more should be done to compensate the musicians' What he REALLY means is 'More should be paid to US so we can forward a small fraction of that money to the performer' ... SCREW THAT!

posted by (2013-01-07 12:01:40)
JediMaster5 avatarFYI. The first video discs the size of LPs were called LaserDiscs and had a great picture but would skip when you walked in front of the player making them a terrible choice. They were short-lived. (showing my age)

posted by (2013-01-08 03:12:18)
No avatar"In other words, sharing content between the devices is no longer a criminal act, after a consultation with industry representatives during the government’s Hargreaves Review" YEP and that IS the way it should BE. its YOUR property and you should have the RIGHT to do this.

I bet the RIAA and MPAA are supper pissed now.

posted by (2013-01-08 03:35:04)
No avatar@djstorm2008: "once I purchase a song, I can transfer it to different devices & legally make myself a back-up copy" actually according to current US copy right law you are not even allowed to do that now. I would link to the current copyright law and tell ya were it says this but ET don't allow linking.

posted by (2013-01-08 08:16:42)
No avatarBritain has taken a pragmatic stance. What is the point in having a law against something that is ethically questionable and impossible to police.

posted by (2013-01-09 06:49:48)
No avatar"Lack of fair compensation would considerably disadvantage artists"...
Ummmmm what? Are they whining that "Artists" are still suffering with the millions they already make?

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