The old saying goes with there's no pleasure without pain and us Brits are certainly used to that.

If we indulge in a glass of wine or a crafty cigarette, our pleasure is ever so slightly dented by the pain of paying tax. But now along with cigarettes, alcohol and cars, we may well be paying tax on our iPods - if the UK music industry has its way.

As it stands today, copying CDs on to a PC or digital audio device infringes copyright law. But under government proposals, as long as the CD is paid for, the transfer happens just once and is for personal use, it will be within the law.

Predictably, the UK music industry has rejected the proposals. According to The Music Business Group (MBG) - an umbrella group of trade bodies representing music managers, songwriters, publishers and performers - 20 million MP3-capable portable devices were sold in the UK last year and more than 90 percent of the music stored on them had been copied. This excludes creators and rights holders from any royalties they would have earnt had the music been purchased in digital format.

But let's face it, we've all been copying music from one medium to another for years – long before Apple invented the iPod. In the good old days of vinyl and cassette, having a record deck in the car was unheard of (and for that matter ludicrous - try not scratching the hell out of your coveted copy of the Beatles ‘White Album' while navigating your way round the potholed roads on a road trip to the coast). Instead it was simply a case of copying vinyl albums to cassette.

I for one certainly didn't buy both a cassette and a vinyl version of the same album. And as time progressed, it was no longer vinyl that was copied to cassette but CD instead. Especially if, like me, you weren't fortunate enough to have a CD player in a car and relied on a cassette walkman rather than a portable CD player.

Even now I make copies of shop-bought CDs to leave in my car - its once bitten twice shy when it comes to chavs breaking into my car for the CD wallet in the glovebox. (I'll never know if they actually made any money from flogging my much-played version of Steps greatest hits.)

And I've got to wonder whether the suits that sat around dreaming up the concept considered how they'll police it? Should we eventually expect CDs to come with tracking technology to identify how many times they've been copied to a PC or MP3 player, which would no doubt send prices soaring again.

And what impact will this have on TV? Should we be expecting a Sky+ tax or indeed an increase in our TV licence fee to make up for the fact that we copy programmes that are broadcast on TV to our PVRs or VCRs (I know someone out still uses one)!

In my eyes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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