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CD ripping could become legal

Loophole in the law to be closed?

Under UK law it is still illegal to rip CDs to be played back on MP3 players or similar devices – all because there is no definition of what constitutes fair use.

The UK music industry says it has been turning a benevolent 'blind eye' to music lovers who have been doing this – but this may be about to change.

A report from The Daily Telegraph claims that music industry trade body the BPI has made a written submission to the UK government asking for a change in copyright law. It wants consumers to be granted the right to rip their own CDs under law.

In its submission to an independent review body set up by the Treasury to examine the UK's intellectual property framework (the Gowers Review), the BPI has asked for the change.

"This is about the UK music industry responding effectively to the changing way music is consumed," a "senior music industry figure" told the Telegraph.

The BPI continues to campaign for stiff penalties for illegal filesharers and the extension of artist copyright to over 50 years.

This story first appeared on Macworld.co.uk.


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