Did you know that ripping CDs is illegal?
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?