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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK Music Industry Sues over Private Copying of CDs

UK Music Industry Sues over Private Copying of CDs

UK Music Industry Sues over Private Copying of CDs

Added: Sunday, June 21st, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
The UK music industry groups recently won a case over government allowing people to legally copy CDs and other lawfully obtained content for their own private use. According to the court ruling, the government should have established a compensation scheme for songwriters, musicians and other copyright owners who suffer losses because of copyright infringement.


According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the taken measures were supposed to cause no harm, thus making compensation unnecessary. The changes came into force nine months ago under the Personal Copies for Private Use Regulations. So, prior to 1 October it was unlawful in the UK to rip or copy the contents of a CD for personal use, despite the fact that the format-shifting activity was widespread.

However, the legality of these regulations was challenged in court by various music bodies, including the Musicians’ Union and the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. According to their estimations, such regulations, if not providing a compensation scheme, would result in annual losses of £58m.

The court sided with the musicians and pointed out that the case had raised a range of legal issues, most of which were ruled in the government’s favor. The judge invited further submissions on whether aspects of the case should be referred to the European Court of Justice.

The representatives of the music industry claimed that the law on private copying had been in an unsatisfactory state for many years now, though the problem had been exacerbated by digital technology and the Internet, and the reproduction and copying they allowed. Although the entertainment industry did welcome the government’s measures, it raised the issue of the lack of a fair compensation scheme over copying for personal use for the copyright holders – both historically and in the future.

Apparently, the United Kingdom, unlike other European states, had failed to provide appropriate compensation. According to the regulations, only the individual who purchased the legitimate copy of the content is allowed to copy it, not their friends or family.

The government argued that this case boiled down to an opportunistic attempt to obtain a financial benefit, but the judge decided that such stance was not justified by the evidence with regard to the compensation issue.

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Date:  Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by Kitty (2015-06-22 01:02:53)
Crash1 avatarAnd that would be the same groups that would be screaming bloody murder if they were required to replace all damaged music discs for free. That's what CD, DVD and Blu-Ray burners were DESIGNED FOR, so people could make BACKUPS of their OWN PROPERTY. ANYWAY, this is the very reason that DRM software was INVENTED.

These morons are actually FACILITATING piracy. Do these guys really think somebody's going to go out and BUY a REPLACEMENT for a damaged disk? HELL NO ... they'll just PIRATE another copy (or get a friend who's more tech savvy to do it for them).

The next thing you know they'll probably try to ban the sales of blank optical media, as the availability of said media "MIGHT facilitate Piracy". All they'd need to do is place a "Compensation Tax" on the sales of optical burners and media and they'd generate a good amount of revenue for their "Compensation" scheme, not that it'll do much good, somehow I can see for every dollar given to MU and BASCA, the artists will probably only get 5 percent or so, and the COMPANIES keeping the rest for "Administration Costs".

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-06-23 07:22:55)
analogkid6103 avatarWell said, I don't even have to start my rant. You got it down, all the way to the company screwing the artists.

posted by (2015-06-23 07:38:13)
No avatar''So, prior to 1 October it was unlawful in the UK to rip or copy'' Unlike the US the UK did not introduce measures which were deemed then, as they are now. virtually unenforceable - imagine the law trying to establish whether a CD copy belonged to the owner of the original disc or, perish the thought, a friend. Totally ridiculous. As CD sales have declined with advent of online technology this is now a classic case of concern about the horses long after they have bolted!

posted by Trusted UploaderET loverKittySun (2015-06-23 12:31:27)
kymatica7 avatarBig corporations want to put us in jail, because of lost profits, but what about if I buy a BluRay of a movie at high price and this movie turns out to be absolute piece of junk? Do we have to lead their model and sew them for our lost time, bad emotions and blown money, just because their product has nothing to do with their exciting trailer? It's the same situation by both sides with the HUGE difference, that we are treated as criminals! Seriously, WTF, people!? I also pay for "copyrighted" material, when It's on a fair price and if I can try it first and off course, If I can afford it. Copying and sharing is illegal according to these corps., but human rights are nothing for these DMCA snakes. Copyright over human rights. There are working models for sharing without any victims, but when someone has big banknote, stick to his eyes, in the ears and deep in his ass, he doesn't want to change anything as long as their empires change the laws as they like all over the world.

posted by Turtle (2015-06-24 03:15:41)
bigcow2k avatarso... if one were to have the same song over multiple devices, he/she will have to buy that song multiple times... yeah right, like it's gonna happen

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