Archive for the ‘Personal use’ category

Rants about copyright laws come before fact-checking

September 24, 2007

Variety reported that the German government had made it illegal to copy CDs, even for personal use. The story was then picked up by BoingBoing which, fortunately, allows comments on its posts thereby enabling users who had read up some of the German reportage (e.g.) to reveal inaccuracies in Variety’s article.

From the users comments it becomes clear that:

  • ‘the law still allows people to make copies of CDs and DVDs for personal use as long as those media do not have any protection mechanism on them. what makes this illegal is the cracking of a protection mechanism.’
  • ‘the part of the new copyright law which says that breaking copy protection or encryption is illegal is actually not new, this was already the case before.’
  • ‘The private copy becomes illegal if it’s made from an illegal source.’
  • The levies system is being slightly updated.

 Now the Variety article sits on the internet hopelessly inaccurate and out of date whilst the BoingBoing article is an example how to use your readership to your advantage. Hell, I well know that Boing Boing is dead against anything copyright owners do to stick up for their IP but at least it is happy to stand corrected when it runs away with itself.


Copying in Spain and the UK

November 23, 2006

The IFPI are appealing a ruling in Spain that a person downloading from the internet for free is not doing anything illegal if the downloads are for personal use. Basically lawyers for Promusicae (IFPI Spain) failed to prove that the defendent was selling CDRs of what he downloaded.

And in the UK the BPI has been recommending that the law on personal copying of CDs (currently illegal) should not be repealed and that copyright owners should simply authorise consumers to copy for personal use. The BPI wants the law in place as a line in the sand and because they make a distinction for the circumstance where the copy is passed to a third party. The Institute for Public Policy Research would like to see the law changed, for the sake of clarity.