UK Consumer Advocate Group Demands for Copyright Law ReformAdded: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
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Did you know that three quarters of the population have no idea what they may legally record or copy? If not, you know that now, and may easily conclude that copyright law should be better reformed soon as it’s about to lose all its credibility.
The UK consumer advocate group “Consumer Focus” has commissioned a study of over two thousand British people aged fifteen years and older to check a sense of their observance to copyright law in the United Kingdom.
The results were not surprising. It was found that if the consumers don’t use the digital technology then it’s almost impossible for them to break copyright law on their daily routine. That is a strong incentive to call for reforming copyright law before it loses all its credibility.
Let us look at the numbers.
Almost three quarters of surveyed had no idea what exactly they may legally record or copy. Only approximately one in six knew that ripping a purchased DVD or CD to a home computer for personal use is illegal, and fifteen percent knew that it is not legal to copy a CD to an iPod. Almost forty percent of adults using an MP3 player or iPod admitted to copying compact disks onto their player.
Consumer advocate group emphasizes that most copyright laws were established back at a time when there were no digital technologies existing, but the great expansion of such new technologies can only mean that the laws affect people now more than ever before.
UK copyright law is losing its credibility as millions consumers copy DVDs and CDs on a regular basis being unaware that they infringe copyright law by doing this.
Four in five consumers believe that copyright law should better be updated because of digital technologies appearing, with a little bit more (+ 2%) keen to see reforms balancing the consumers’ and artists’ interests.
As the things never remain the same, the government has to stop sitting twiddling its thumbs and update copyright law if it wants consumers to respect it. To update the law means to introduce some ‘fair use right’, which would let users copy the purchased products for ‘non-commercial use’ like format shifting (making copies of CDs to be played on different device) legally. That will stop spreading the use of peer-to-peer services for illegal downloading as the consumers won’t break the law anymore by ripping DVD to a laptop or CD to iPod. Whatever they do now is illegal anyway, so what’s the difference?
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
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