“The British music industry is to recommend to the Government that consumers be allowed to legally copy music without fear of prosecution,” Andrew Murray-Watson reports for The Telegraph. “The BPI [British Phonographic Industry], the body that represents British record companies, believes copyright on CDs and records should be changed to allow consumers to copy music if it is for personal use. Currently, it is technically illegal for anyone to copy a CD onto their computer for the purposes of downloading music onto their own portable music player. In its submission to the Gowers Review – the independent review body set up by the Treasury to examine the UK’s intellectual property framework – the BPI has asked for the issue of this area of music copyright to be addressed.”
“It is believed the organisation, which represents the likes of EMI and Sanctuary, prefers the option of altering copyright protections on music without the requirement for a change in legislation… If Gowers endorses the BPI’s preferred solution to the issue of copying music, it will lead to one of the most significant changes in UK copyright law in decades,” Murray-Watson reports. “Some of the UK’s existing music copyright laws date back nearly 100 years, to the days when the gramophone was cutting-edge technology.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader Nik Fletcher for the heads up.]
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