Did you know that ripping CDs is illegal?

21 December 2012

Stupid law time, and the government are trying to work out a way of fixing a problem that people constantly flout. Essentially, every time you rip a CD and put it onto your MP3 player, you're breaking the law.

Copying any kind of copyrighted digital media from one place to another is massively illegal.

And so, the government are getting it sorted with a new "modern, robust and flexible copyright framework" to address the problem.

This change will come along with some other more substantial things, such as allowing schools to record TV shows for "private study" and generally allowing more use of copyrighted material if it's sufficiently acknowledged.

Of course, this means squat to everyone in Britain. Presumably the government feel incredibly modern and clever about their tackling this problem. While they're at it, if they could sort out DRM, that'd be really great. As for stopping illegal downloads?

Fat chance.

[Gizmodo]

TOPICS:   Cool Stuff   Government

15 comments

  • sdutton007
    "Copying any kind of copyrighted digital media from one place to another is massively illegal." What happened to the law that said you can make one copy for your own personal use?
  • Michael
    What happened to the law that said you can make one copy for your own personal use? There wasn't one (there is one in the US though, which is where the confusion usually comes from). You can make 'back-up' copies of certain types of software if it is permitted in the licence agreement.
  • Hello
    What happened to the law that said you can make one copy for your own personal use? which law was tht? This is a uk site so US laws have never applied here
  • Jeremy
    It's not just digital media. You can copy (or not) any media - such as books and things.
  • David A.
    Another goal for the digital age and another nail in the coffin for the physical media industry!
  • Haggis
    Illegal? I'm sure it's unlawful rather than illegal.
  • I n.
    Fuck them all, bollox to buying the copyrighted material in the first place just down load it at least that way you can break the law without you have to pay to do it.
  • Chewbacca
    I bought the CD, I own it. And I willl transfer that content to another CD, tape, mp3, minidisc, HDD, DVD, BD, wherever the fuck I want to. Fuck 'em and their law.
  • LL J.
    Come up with a copyright system designed to protect artists and reward innovation instead of one designed to protect corporations and America's trade surplus and I'll support it...
  • Sicknote
    Complete and utter nonsense this story and nothing near the truth.
  • catweazle
    They banned access to The Piratebay website, and look at the upturn in traffic that created. Bloody government should be looking at closing tax loopholes instead of tinkering with copyright law.
  • Mike U.
    Copyright To Me Means My Right To Copy Simples!!!
  • Halloway
    What garbage. 'Massively illegal'? As opposed to what? Being slightly illegal? You could, theoretically, be sued by a rights holder for ripping a CD for personal use but it's never happened in the UK. (Copying and selling material is another matter and certainly is against the law.) This article is misleading nonsense.
  • Kok W.
    The real question here is, who the fuck actually buys or listens to CDs anymore? And if you happen to do so, then you are a cunt.
  • JJ
    @Kok Wan - Well since digital downloads are inferior in quality and generally more expensive than their physical counterpart (and they have no re-sale value too), I rip all my music from CD's to lossless formats.

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