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iTunes is now Illegal in the UK

ITunes is Illegal in the UK

ITunes is Illegal in the UK

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. 

  ITunes is Illegal in the UK

 

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. 

 

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Most Recent Comments

06-08-2015, 07:46:06

Thelosouvlakia
Apple will release a UK only version of the perogram and IP ban the other version to fix thisQuote

06-08-2015, 07:51:30

barnsley
The thing is, Apple can continue advertising the feature as anyone music wise who'll threaten them with legal action will either loose the ability to sell music on iTunes or will loose to them in the court. Or both.Quote

06-08-2015, 07:57:58

TheNewNormal
If you have a good memory for tunes, isn't that also 'format shifting'?Quote

06-08-2015, 08:20:54

Greenback
Couldn't apple just get around it by saying that they don't use the ripped files but once you show you own them they give you access to the tunes on their serversQuote

06-08-2015, 08:25:05

vicsrealms
“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,”

Wow, that sucks. I would expect this to be a great way to kill media sales. Should be interesting to see how this plays out and how long the ban lasts. Will it increase pirating in the UK? Lets hope the US doesn't "copy" this...not that I buy music anymore after that whole copyright ID BS that happened on youtube. Which has allowed people to turn it into a weapon against other youtubers.Quote
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