Monday, May 08, 2006

Legalise personal music copying, says BPI

Pigs at the troughThe British record industry has finally realised that they are made a laughing stock by copyright laws preventing Britons from copying their own CDs to digital music players. They are therefore recommending to the Gowers review into IP policy that a "private copy" exception be introduced into UK law (thanks, Nicholas!):

The BPI has vigorously prosecuted consumers who share music illegally over the internet using peer-to-peer (P2P) websites. It wants the current legislative protections to remain in place for these music "pirates", but believes allowances should be made for individuals who simply want to copy music for their own use.

Of course, the BPI could make this change tomorrow by releasing CDs under a licence that permitted private copies…

1 comment:

Simon McGarr said...

I think they'd prefer it to go by way of legislation because they could then look to have a blank media surcharge as a quid pro quo.