British judge ruled that ripping CDs for home use is illegal




According to the British High Court is to create a private copy prohibited. The reason for this is that no compensation mechanisms with which music makers and publishers are compensated. The latter want a private copying levy, as has been customary in the Netherlands.

This is a previous ruling that making a private copy is legally undone. According to the British judge of the High Court there is insufficient evidence that making a private copy the music industry does not harm if reports TorrentFreak according to court documents. Because there is no compensation, the judge that legalizing home copies, for example, when you rip a CD, is not permitted.

The case was brought by a number of UK groups representing the music industry. For next month scheduled a hearing where the judge will consider the next steps. Then include private or legally create a private copy of eg CDs and DVDs will be deleted from the law.

The ruling prosecutors want in the hand is to ensure that a private copying levy introduced in the United Kingdom. There must come a levy on blank CDs for example, DVDs, hard drives and other recordable media. The proceeds are to be distributed to holders in the music industry. The proposal is similar to the private copying levy that is already in force in the Netherlands.

In November were the representatives of the music industry clear that they would oppose the decision of the British government to allow home copies. Last year launched a public campaign to inform the public that ripping CDs and DVDs is permitted for personal use. The ruling of the High Court is now therefore the job.


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