Most of the prevalent copyright laws in US and Europe tend to take care of the interests of the content studios, far more than they make sense. UK government is now all set to do away with one of these non-sense copyright laws.
Currently, users in UK are not allowed to make copies of CDs and DVDs and then store those copies on any media. The restriction makes absolutely no sense and when the UK government recently undertook a public consultation to evaluate copyright legislation, they finally spotted the sheer absurdity of it.
As a result, the government is finally gearing up to revise the copyright law. The new legislation is due to go into effect in June and it will finally make copying CDs and DVDs legal. Of course the legality of this will extend only to the personal use of these disks.
According to a guide by UK’s Intellectual Property Office, “Copyright law is being changed to allow you to make personal copies of media you have bought, for private purposes such as format shifting or backup. The changes will mean that you will be able to copy a book or film you have purchased for one device onto another without infringing copyright.”
While creating copies and storing them on a personal drive or a private cloud storage account will be legal, the UK government insists that giving other people access to this data is illegal. Moreover, under the umbrella of fair use, people will finally be allowed to quote from books and movies, without being charged with copyright infringement. That is another obnoxious and absurd piece of litigation that the government has finally revised in favor of the consumers.