[ubuntu-uk] screencasts

Andy stude.list at googlemail.com
Sat Nov 18 23:33:24 GMT 2006

On 18/11/06, Alan Pope <alan at popey.com> wrote:
> * Ripping an audio CD

Is that a wise thing to do? Isn't it kind of stupid to record yourself
committing a crime, especially if your going to say 'Hi I'm Alan Pope'
at the beginning.

Not sure if you used to watch 'Police Camera Action' but I'm sure they
mentioned some bloke being arrested for speeding because he video
taped himself and the speedometer, and the police saw it, must be
embarrassing to have actually done the prosecutions job for them.

Or did you not realise it is actually illegal to rip CDs in the UK?

of course IANAL, but the UK copyright office has this to say:
> For example, buying a copy of a book, CD, video, computer program and so on,
> does not necessarily give you the right to make copies (even for private use)
> from <http://www.patent.gov.uk/copy/c-other/c-usebuy.htm>

> Storing any work in a computer amounts to copying the work. In addition,
> running a computer program or displaying work on a video display unit (VDU)
> will usually involve copying and thus require the consent of the copyright
> owner.
> from <http://www.patent.gov.uk/copy/c-applies/c-compute.htm>

The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 c.48 Chapter II section 17 states:
> (2) Copying in relation to a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work means
> reproducing the work in any material form.
> This includes storing the work in any medium by electronic means.
> from <http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1988/Ukpga_19880048_en_3.htm#mdiv17>

Of course if the discs copyright has expired, or the disc is licensed
to you in such a way as to make it legal to do this then you haven't
got a problem, just don't use a copy of 'Britney Spears Greatest Hits'

> * Burning ripped audio to CD
As above make sure you have the rights to do this. You probably won't
get in to trouble, but we don't want something potentially illegal
(even though IMHO it should be legal) being connected with Ubuntu

> * Burning a data CD
Excellent idea, it may seem obvious to us, but to many people it isn't.
I once asked one of my parents if they had backed up their files
lately, the answer, "I don't know how to" (this was on Windows but I
am sure it applies equally to Linux)

> * Burning an ISO image
Highly useful, we can teach them how to burn Ubuntu CDs to hand out to
their friends, seems shipit doesn't supply 6.10

Thanks for that, I have now remembered I need to index my CDs/DVDs, I
have no idea which ones actually have data on and which ones don't. At
least I know where my most recent Linux backup is (I think).

oh and if you think that riping your legally purchased CDs should be
legal then there is a petition:
I know many do not believe online petitions work, but this is on a
government domain, so maybe it will do some good. I shall be signing
it after I click 'send' on this email

- Andy

(for those who do not know what IANAL means, it stands for "I am not a lawyer")
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