UK Copyright Reform Will Significantly Affect Fair Use
December 21, 2012 11:53 AM
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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
, 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.
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12/21/2012 6:00:47 PM
Standard CDs don't, but many CDs have tried to prevent ripping:
By circumventing these measures chances are you'd be in contravention of the DMCA; if the copyright owner tries to prevent you doing something with the media you purchased then you're supposed to let them.
12/22/2012 1:20:42 AM
Within the context of this article, obviously we're talking about music CDs, not PC/Mac data CDs. Audio CDs don't have DRM.
I do remember a hybrid CD, which had both audio and data on it. It would try to trick the computer into thinking it was a data CD, while a CD player would ignore the data section and play just the music. But that wasn't really DRM (the music was still fully visible if your PC's CD-ROM drive didn't suck) and had the disadvantage of the music being unplayable on a computer, dooming it when laptops first became popular.
12/22/2012 5:35:48 AM
Many audio CDs have had copy protection, probably the most famous type being Cactus Shield:
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