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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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RE: huh
By MrFlibble12 on 12/22/2012 4:31:42 AM , Rating: 2
I'm afraid that's just not correct. Whilst the underlying rainbow book standards might not support DRM on audio CDs, there have never-the-less been numerous attempts to foist some form of copy-protection onto audio CDs - typically this involves putting a data session on the end of the disc with some DRM'd or low quality audio files on it, and setting up the disc to exploit certain behaviours/characteristics of the way Windows reads CDs so that Windows doesn't see the audio session, only the data one. There was even a feature on the BBC's consumer program "Watchdog" about it, as the discs wouldn't play in a Windows PC. I believe the names of two such schemes were "Cactus" and "Midline". Heck, I've even seen albums with warnings on them saying they incorporated copy protection.

Examples would include Natalie Imbruglia's album (the one with her most famous track - can't remember the name), as well as several other "pop" albums (e.g. Avril Lavigne's 2nd album).

RE: huh
By MrFlibble12 on 12/22/2012 4:41:32 AM , Rating: 2
Oops ... forgot to say, yes, the audio data itself isn't encypted - it's still "raw", and if you can read it you can extract it - it's the disc format that's being monkeyed with. However, the net result is the same (not being able to play/copy the disc), and therefore the audio CD can be thought of as having DRM.


(although by adding data onto the end of it, it's not technically and audio CD any more, most people will regard it as being one)

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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