Copying CDs could be made legal in UK

Copying music from a CD to a home computer could be made legal under new proposals from the UK government. Millions of people already "rip" discs to their computers and move the files to MP3 players, although the process is technically against copyright law. Intellectual property minister Lord Triesman said the law should be changed so it "keeps up with the times". Music industry bodies gave a cautious welcome to the proposals, which are up for public consultation until 8 April. The changes would apply only to people copying music for personal use - meaning multiple copying and internet file-sharing would still be banned.

Owners would not be allowed to sell or give away their original discs once they had made a copy. UK music industry body the BPI said it supported the move to clarify the law for consumers, but warned that any changes should not damage the rights of record companies. The Association of Independent Music (Aim) said the proposals did not go far enough - pointing out that CDs could become obsolete in the next decade. It said that, once CDs are replaced, the law could be misused to "open the floodgates to unstoppable copying", adding that it would like to see copyright holders compensated when music was copied.

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Sounds like a good move to me!

It said that, once CDs are replaced, the law could be misused to "open the floodgates to unstoppable copying", adding that it would like to see copyright holders compensated when music was copied.

How's that!? :S It clearly said in the paragragh above that it's "for personal use only".

Wow. What? You mean there are proposals that mean I can listen to my own music that I paid good money for?

Well gee... thanks!

Well, here's one country that will not have to deal with overzealous lawsuits anymore. (if they ever did)

One done (not down), plenty more to go!

I burn a lot of copies of my music. I keep the originals in a case and pretty much never use them after uploading to my library. This way, any copy I lose/break/scratch is a-okay as I can just make a new one.

It also prevents those idiot friends who want to play your CD and return it all messed up saying,"I dunno man, it played fine for me" after having used it as a frisby.

there are particular programs I prefer to keep on my external HDD rather than CD, mainly for speed and convenience

I think its great that you should be able to copy your own media for personal use.

What? The government already tell you it's ok to do

Copying CDs
If you've bought a CD in a shop, you can make a copy for your own personal use and you will not be breaking the law. You can also lend the CD that you bought to your friends if they want to listen to it.

However, it is illegal to make copies of CDs and give them to your friends or to sell pirate copies of CDs for a profit.

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/YoungPeople/Cr...ime/DG_10027978

Antaris said,
I believe it also says that if you lose the original CD, you have to destroy the copies too doesn't it?

Kind of defeats the purpose of a backup. o.O

Antaris said,
I believe it also says that if you lose the original CD, you have to destroy the copies too doesn't it?

Makes sense to me. That's why if you make a backup, you should use the backup and store the original, no?