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The BPI has been busy in recent weeks

As expected, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has made it legal for music fans in the UK to copy their CDs to a PC or MP3 player, as long as the songs are not freely distributed to other users.  Music fans will now only be penalized if they share the ripped songs with other users.  Before the copyright law was changed, any user that rips CDs to a computer or MP3 player was technically guilty of copyright infringement.             

However, the BPI allowing music fans to copy music to their PC does not mean the organization is now condoning piracy.  A common misconception after DailyTech's last article about the BPI led to some readers believing that piracy would now be acceptable in the UK.

Along with allowing British users to copy music for personal use, the BPI has been busy in other ways.  The group is also requesting that Apple open up its iTunes music service so that users can put tracks downloaded via iTunes on non-Apple MP3 players.  AllofMP3, the MP3 download site that is having its legality questioned as of late, may also face problems from the BPI.




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