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Ripping CDs and DVDs Will Be Legal in U.K. in June

by Brandon Russell | March 30, 2014March 30, 2014 6:00 am PST


Starting in June, folks in the U.K. will legally be allowed to rip their media—CDs and DVDs—for personal use. After thorough examination of current copyright laws, officials have decided that consumers have the right to rip their collection of media. The U.K.’s Intellectual Property Office said the change will also broaden other forms of fair use without harming copyright holders. If, for example, you have a DVD and want to put it on your iPad, you can do so without infringing copyright.

“This measure will benefit technology firms by removing barriers and costs and improving entry to technology markets, which rely on customers being able to make private copies,” a government official said.

Most notably, consumers will able to store their backups in the cloud, which opens up plenty of nefarious opportunities. However, officials stressed that sharing media will remain illegal. That’s a pretty big temptation that many consumers will come face-to-face with when the law changes this June. Folks likely already make digital copies of their physical media, but it will be in the public consciousness even more once the revision goes into effect. In a government-commissioned survey, 85-percent of consumers in the U.K. said they already thought DVD and CD ripping was legal.

Officials also state that physical media can be re-sold, but backup copies of said media will be required to be destroyed. Additionally, U.K. citizens will also have the freedom to quote from or parody the work of others under the new revision, as long as folks properly cite the content’s creator. The changes will start being enforced in June, so hold off for now on ripping your 90s music collection. You can read all the changes at the source link below.

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