iTunes now illegal in the UK
In what we think was a, not very well thought out decision – the United Kingdom High Court has essentially turned iTunes illegal, in regards to taking music you purchase physical copies of, and not allowing it to be ripped to programs like iTunes for personal use. We’ve all done it, purchased a disc and then copied the files to our computer to load onto our MP3 players, smart phones, and even USB drives for DJing.
A spokesperson for the UK Intellectual Property Office says:
“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,”
The aim of the new law, is to require general consumers to have to purchase multi-formats of the music in order to listen to it on multiple devices. Although this seems to be completely out of line and ridiculous, the British government has stated that they don’t believe anyone will face legal repercussions from CD ripping for personal use, but the implications of the law seem to make that scenario possible.