Saturday, October 28, 2006

BBC: Call for Legal Copying of Own CDs

Via The BBC.

Copyright laws are "out of date" and must be updated so MP3 player users can make copies of CDs without breaking the law, according to a think tank.

The Institute for Public Policy Research argues that consumers' rights should be improved with a "new private right to copy".

It is also calling on the government to reject demands for the music copyright term to be extended beyond 50 years.

The IPPR recommendations are ahead of a review of intellectual property laws.

The review of the laws has been commissioned by Chancellor Gordon Brown.

The IPPR report, published on Sunday, says millions of consumers break the law every year by copying CDs and DVDs on to their computers. It is calling for changes to the centuries-old copyright laws.

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