[ubuntu-uk] Format shifting vs. the Criminal Justice Act

Bill Cumming bill at s0l.co.uk
Wed Aug 3 17:51:12 UTC 2011

The main focus has been with audio cd's in the news today.

They have not changed the law regrading circumventing DVD

Looks like they are not going to change current rules in regards to movies,
since most movies are available in multi format packs already (most current
movies come in triple packs : blu-ray / DVD / digital download with a single
purchase! ) which its more than the music industry does at present.

We would need a "fair use" act to allow breaking DRM for personal use..
On Aug 3, 2011 2:18 PM, "Andrew Oakley" <andrew at aoakley.com> wrote:
> Slightly off-topic, but there's been a lot of anti-Digital Rights
> discussion on here in the past, so here goes...
> Today the government announced "sweeping" reforms of copyright law:
> http://www.bis.gov.uk/news/topstories/2011/Aug/reforming-ip
> Part of that is the legalisation of format shifting; for example, making
> legal to rip a CD or DVD to an OGG file for personal use so you can play
> on your portable device. Currently that is illegal in the UK.
> As I understand it, the Criminal Justice Act in the early 1990s made it
> illegal to interfere with someone pursuing a legal activity (at the time,
> fox hunting; nowadays, animal experiments).
> So if the CJA makes it illegal to interfere with legal activity, and the
> copyright law makes it legal to copy stuff for personal use, does this new
> law accidentally make most DRM illegal in the UK?
> --
> Andrew Oakley andrew at aoakley.com
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