UK legalizing private copying of CDs and DVDs

The British government will tomorrow, announce an agenda to legalize the copying of CD/DVD contents onto other devices such as computers for personal use. In reality, this would allow consumers to have duplicate copies of content and signal the end of Digital Rights Management technology on CDs and DVDs in the country. The change in law will not however, affect the common position that users are not to share content over the internet without prior permission from the copyright owner.

According to the report from Reuters, the practice of allowing the home user to copy the contents of a CD or DVD to another device has already been legalized across the majority of European countries, with only the UK, Ireland and Malta remaining. The news comes as a recent report was published which reviewed and recommended changes to the country's intellectual property framework, which could add up to £8 billion to the economy.

There has been much discussion in the past few years, particularly in the UK, for what will become of copyright laws and what effect the internet and digital devices are having on consumer usage of content. Many have claimed that current laws in the country which go back 300 years in regards to copyright, hinder the industry's growth and ability to innovate.

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it never was "illegal" to try and copy the content of the media (CD, DVD) but its illegal here in the UK to attempt to circumvent any protection methods deployed on said retail items.
You have a legal right to 1 personal backup of the media for archiving purposes.

I always thought it was legal to make 1 backup copy of your media.

If it wasn't or isn't yet, then I broke the law.

Like I care.

DVD = Digital Versatile Disc btw.

I presume this counts for Blu-rays
But still need to use Slysoft's software.
So if it becomes legal, does it mean they HAVE to release decryption keys?

cleverclogs said,
DVD = Digital Versatile Disc btw.

I presume this counts for Blu-rays
But still need to use Slysoft's software.
So if it becomes legal, does it mean they HAVE to release decryption keys?

DVD = Digital Versatile or Digital Video btw never had a formal legal name.

I thought that we can make copies of CD/DVD just as-long as we owned the original CD/DVD and that the CD/DVD are classed as backups.

If this is just backups of Cds and DVDs, too late.

People have already been doing this, and by the time it's on the books, digital distribution will already make this questionable.

For one thing, if the legislation is patterned on other EU countries, while drm that checks for copied discs may be illegal, drm that activates, or talks to a server won't be.

Anyone know if this covers format shifting as well? I don't just want to Copy my DVD's and Blu-rays, I want to MKV-ify them and store them on my server/PC to stream when I want.

Kushan said,
Anyone know if this covers format shifting as well? I don't just want to Copy my DVD's and Blu-rays, I want to MKV-ify them and store them on my server/PC to stream when I want.

Just do it, even if it constitutes a breach of copyright no one will sue you for it for home use. They didn't sue people for ripping CDs and they're not going to sue people for ripping blu ray to mkvs.

Really? I thought it was already legal under fair use. So all my CDs that I ripped to my mp3 player, I wasn't really allowed to do?

Hackersoft MS MVP said,
Really? I thought it was already legal under fair use. So all my CDs that I ripped to my mp3 player, I wasn't really allowed to do?

It was illegal, but no-one gave a crap because it's just an outdated law that needed changing really so it was ignored by everyone.

Great news, now I can legally rip DVDs in order to put them on my girlfriends tablet, since the DRM crippled digital copies won't work.

Interesting that there's no mention of Blu-ray in the article. If this applies to BR, does that mean that the DRM has to be removed from UK/EU blu-ray discs?

Does that mean I can enforce Ubisoft and other game companies to remove DRM protection so I can create a backup my game to other DVD?

SHADOW-XIII said,
Does that mean I can enforce Ubisoft and other game companies to remove DRM protection so I can create a backup my game to other DVD?

No because they arent british companies. Besides no ones stopping you making copies of the discs, wether they will work or not is another matter.

SHADOW-XIII said,
Does that mean I can enforce Ubisoft and other game companies to remove DRM protection so I can create a backup my game to other DVD?

Good question, will this force these type of companies to remove all this DRM bs from our games?

TheLegendOfMart said

No because they arent british companies. Besides no ones stopping you making copies of the discs, wether they will work or not is another matter.

not being British company does not stop them from following the law? Company must abide the law of the country it is selling to.

While, I believe, there is no law preventing them from putting DRM, there is law that allows single user (hey, that's me) copy for personal usage CD/DVD, DRM in Ubisoft is against that law disallowing me my right to copy the disc for (personal) use.

(NEED LAWYER)

this was always allowed in spain. anyway, welcome to 2011 where nobody uses CDs anymore, and I'm inclined to believe nobody copies DVDs even if they can.

Julius Caro said,
this was always allowed in spain. anyway, welcome to 2011 where nobody uses CDs anymore, and I'm inclined to believe nobody copies DVDs even if they can.

Open you're eyes. CD's maybe on the way out. But its not a Dead format yet. I still buy CD's to this day. Why. Because for the exact reason of this artical. To rip In the Best quality i can, and stick it on my iPhone/Computer to listen to.

the better twin said,
Bit late. This is why governments are so ineffectual when it comes to the internet and copyright laws. They are far too slow to act.

Government, at least in the US, is designed to be slow. That way the voices of the people can be heard.

Frazell Thomas said,

Government, at least in the US, is designed to be slow. That way the voices of the people can be heard.

*companies can be heard

Frazell Thomas said,

Government, at least in the US, is designed to be slow. That way the voices of the people can be heard.

That sounds like rationalizing. It is like saying that I like judges to be ignorant of technology so that they can make unbiased judgments.
Democratic governments are slow because they are only fast acting when compelled by the tabloid press.

Governments are slow, because fast actions are often not well considered, besides the general difficulty in making fast decisions. Very little in the world is simple, and having reactionary governments just adds instability. I don't want my laws changing every five minutes, especially *not* in reaction to tabloid/gutter press.

Sometimes governments should act fast ... but that's a rare, exceptional case.

thealexweb said,

*companies can be heard


they have rights as well.... Does no one own their own business these days? Its like the attack on people that dont want to be employees but business/company owners. When a law affects a big corporation it usually affects mom and pop shops as well .

Frazell Thomas said,

Government, at least in the US, is designed to be slow. That way the voices of the people can be heard.

What??? When have we been heard?? Maybe when we vote, but after they get into office, the ears officially turn off.

Un4given said,
Maybe when we vote, but after they get into office, the ears officially turn off.
Yes, it's always fun to describe government this way, but it isn't true. Voting is not infrequent, and it has effects after you vote, cause people still want to be voted for.

And as for 'voices of the people', that doesn't just mean *you*, that means everyone in many different ways. Committees, research studies, etc. Politics doesn't always come to your door, you have to go to it.