Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Recording industry can't sue UK customers of Russian download site

All of MP3
Despite threats from the UK music industry to sue customers of Russian download site AllofMP3.com, it appears they would have no case under UK law (via Open Rights Group):

Matt didn’t explain how it was that UK users of AllofMP3.com could be liable under existing law, inasmuch that S22 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act states “The copyright in a work is infringed by a person who, without the licence of the copyright owner, imports into the United Kingdom, otherwise than for his private and domestic use, an article which is, and which he knows or has reason to believe is, an infringing copy of the work”. Quite clearly the BPI would have a very difficult time indeed trying to enforce action against any individuals importing copyright material for their own private and domestic purposes. And they know it.

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