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Reform will make it legal to copy CDs to your iPod

The British government is on a path to significantly overhaul copyright laws within the country. The changes will significantly affect fair use, including the ability to shift content that consumers have purchased from one format to another. The most obvious improvement to UK copyright laws comes in the fact that it will be legal to copy music from a CD to your iPhone for instance.

That sort of copying from one format to another is what the British government is calling format shifting. Changes in the fair use policy within the UK will also grant a copyright exemption allowing copyrighted works to be used in parodies or caricatures.

The British government says, "[It will] allow limited copying on a fair dealing basis which would allow genuine parody, but prohibit copying disguised as parody."

The British government will put the Intellectual Property Office in charge of "clarifying areas where there is confusion or misunderstanding on the scope and application of copyright law."

Another area that copyright reform will affect is education and research where the existing IP laws made it somewhat illegal for teachers to show copyrighted material on interactive whiteboards and via distance learning systems. With the new copyright reforms, this sort of use will be specifically allowed. 

Source: Gigaom

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And so it begins...
By Beenthere on 12/21/2012 1:21:47 PM , Rating: -1
...foolish attempts to extend fair use. If you own a copy of a particular title, then this would not be an issue but for those who have not purchased a legit copy of music or software, the slammer awaits you, as it should.

RE: And so it begins...
By ipay on 12/21/2012 1:50:33 PM , Rating: 3
It seems this has upset you. Tell us how does it feel to see politicians laughing to the bank after taking those millions in lobbying money from the cartel of talentless middlemen and then get the opposite results out of it.

I think I'll make copies of the latest itunes releases my music blog gets for free and give them to my friends all over the world. I only know their anonymous IP addresses though so I'll just torrent them to them. They all told me the would use them in caricatures and parodies so it's A-ok.

Have a nice xmas :)

RE: And so it begins...
By kyuuketsuki on 12/21/2012 5:17:09 PM , Rating: 2
What? Extending fair use is foolish? What are you smoking?

RE: And so it begins...
By PrinceGaz on 12/24/2012 7:43:49 AM , Rating: 1
Did you read the article? This extension of fair use is specifically for people who *have* purchased a legit copy, granting them the legal right to transfer the music from a CD into audio files for playing on a portable device.

Do you really want jails filled with people who pirate music or software? That hardly sounds like a great use of tax-payers money. Surely the electric-chair or hanging for them would be preferable to you...

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