iTunes is now Illegal in the UK
ITunes is Illegal in the UK
Published: 6th August 2015 | Source: torrentfreak |
iTunes is Now Illegal in the UK
It looks like iTunes is illegal in the UK as it's highly advertised CD-rip feature is no longer permitted in law for copyright reasons.
Last year the British government legalized the copying of digital media for private use, a practice which has been common for UK citizens for many years. The UK High court has now been overturned this decision, a decision which was praised as being "in the best interest" of consumers, after several music groups have complained about lost income.
Here is a statement from a spokesperson from the UK's Intellectual Property Office, stating that format shifting and the backing up of copyrighted content is now illegal.
“It is now unlawful to make private copies of copyright works you own, without permission from the copyright holder – this includes format shifting from one medium to another,”
This now means that Apple's popular CD-ripping feature in iTunes in now unlawful, as it not only facilitates the copyright infringement but actively promotes it. This also means that iTunes could also face significant damage claims from artists or other rights holders.
This action from the UK Government is an undoubted step backwards, restricting the populace from using their own purchased media as they like. For example if you want an MP3 copy of a CD that you own you will need to buy it again and if you want an extra copy of a CD for your car you again need to buy a new one, instead of simply burning a second copy. This action only serves to make record labels more money and extract more money for delivering no additional service.
Hopefully this will be looked at again in the future, but right now the copying or backing up of copyrighted media is now unlawful.