Burning CDs: NOW LEGAL

2 October 2014

flaming_cd_hand You may have missed the street parties, but as of this week it's actually legal to burn CDs.

Copyright law in the UK decided to get around to it, and allow what people have been doing for yonks! You can now back up your media for personal use and The Man won't send you to the chair!

This action, which hasn't dragged its feet AT ALL, happily coincides with nobody doing it anymore and your average shop cutting down on selling blank CDRs.

Earlier this year, UK Intellectual Property Office published a consumer guide on exceptions to copyright, indicating that by the summer, private back-ups would be allowed.

"The changes will mean that you will be able to copy a book or film you have purchased for one device onto another without infringing copyright."

Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, the UK's IP Minister, said: "These changes are going to bring our IP laws into the 21st century. They will mean that the UK IP regime will now be responsive to the modern business environment and more flexible for consumers."

And also, you can store your copied material in the cloud too.

The guidance reads: "You are permitted to make personal copies to any device that you own, or a personal online storage medium, such as a private cloud. However, it is unlawful to give other people access to the copies you have made, including, for example, by allowing a friend to access your personal cloud storage."

So that will be interesting.

But anyway, those CDs you burnt over the last 15 years are now not bad or naughty, but, really, the creative industries should have done something about this years ago.

TOPICS:   TV   Cool Stuff

5 comments

  • Alexis
    "However, it is unlawful to give other people access to the copies you have made, including, for example, by allowing a friend to access your personal cloud storage." So that means you're not allowed to give your wife your iCloud password? What was that silly Tory bint was saying about bringing it all into the 21st century?
  • Jessie J.
    Its not about the money, money, money. Well it is really. Steal my album an I'll cut ya!
  • Warwick H.
    Is this the end of TPB ? who must be really worried about this ground breaking announcement.
  • Mr M.
    Abo,ut 10 years behind are people still buying CDs and DVDs??
  • Jessie J.
    @Mr Miagi Not if they have any sense.

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