Private copying petition in the UK

In the words ofthe pm.gov.uk site itself “Downing Street is working in partnership with the non-partisan charitable project mySociety to provide a service to allow citizens, charities and campaign groups to set up petitions that are hosted on the Downing Street website, enabling anyone to address and deliver a petition directly to the Prime Minister.”

One of the e-petitions is “to create a new exception to copyright law that gives individuals the right to create a private copy of copyrighted materials for their own personal use, including back-ups, archiving and shifting format.”At the time of writing there are over 2000 signatories in favour.

I don’t know too much about how these e-petitions will work and if anything will change because of them but while you’re wondering about that nip over here   for some thoughts from a US lawyer on fair use and personal copy exemptions.

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