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October 30, 2006

British Think Tank Urges Changes to Copyright Law

The UK based Institute for Public Policy Research is calling for revision of British copyright laws to allow legal ripping of CDs and DVDs by British citizens.  Whenever someone there rips a CD to place a song on a portable device they are breaking the law.  The call is to have the law match public practice. 

Various industry groups have taken the opposite approach with even the RIAA suggesting at one point that a US citizen, for example, ripping a legally purchased CD violates copyright law.  British law and American law are different from each other in this respect.  The report notes that the government should be the one to set the rules rather than the music labels.  What a novel concept.

The report is free with registration from the organization's web site.

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