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UK to legalize CD/DVD/Blu-Ray copying of discs you own?


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I read this, but I have to wonder, given today's date, if it's not just an April Fool's Day joke.

 

 

Is it true the UK is about make it legal to copy CD/DVD/Blu-Ray discs that you own?  And that you can copy them to mobile devices and view them how you wish to view them, rather than being locked down to whatever format Hollywood dictated?  That as long as you keep the physical copy you bought/were given, you can have a copy for backup purposes?

 

 

If that is true, would this make the UK the first country to legalize what should always have been legal in the first place?  :unsure:

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There are still a few issues being ironed out.  For instance, it's legal but certain general copying provisions still need to be ratified.  The practical upshot is you will most likely not be faulted legally for making copies of what you own without posting them for others to get, time shifting, device copying, and cloud backup.

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A person may copy a disc if its not protected with DRM. So that means unprotected discs and timeshifting.

Here's the draft act which has not been approved by parliament...

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2014/9780111112700

Note what it says about appealing to the secrectary of state...

Remedy where restrictive measures prevent or restrict personal copying
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