p2pnet news | Music:- With America’s Jeffrey Howell case in the background, limited copying of one, but only one, CD might soon be officially sanctioned in Britain.
“Copying music from a CD to a home computer could be made legal under new proposals,” says the BBC.
What!? You thought it was OK to do that already?
Not according to Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG, the members of the Big 4 organised music cartel
“Millions of people already ‘rip’ discs to their computers and move the files to MP3 players, although the process is technically against copyright law,” saysthe story, going on:
“Intellectual property minister Lord Triesman said the law should be changed so it ‘keeps up with the times’,” and, “Music industry bodies gave a cautious welcome to the proposals, which are up for public consultation until 8 April.”
If the law goes through, people will be ‘allowed’ to copy music for their personal use, “meaning multiple copying and internet file-sharing would still be banned,” and, “Owners would not be allowed to sell or give away their original discs once they had made a copy.”
In the US, Jeffrey Howell’s case has attracted international attention, “as well as creating an on- and offline media uproar with RIAA boss Carey Sherman trying to excuse a potentially devastating (for the RIAA) blunder by a Sony lawyer, giving evidence in the one and only case which has so far reached a jury, as mere ‘misspeaking’.”
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