Copyright and copying. Can I rip a DVD?

The UKIPO claims:-

“Copyright law is being changed to allow you to make personal copies of media you have bought, for private purposes such as format shifting or backup, the changes will mean that you will be able to copy a book or film you have purchased for one device onto another without infringing copyright.”

You will be permitted to make personal copies to any device that you own, or a personal online storage medium, such as a private cloud. However, it will be illegal to give other people access to the copies you have made, including, for example, by allowing a friend to access your personal cloud storage . So be careful! Rememeber copyright is about ownership and permission.

Through a Government-commissioned survey, which found that 85% of consumers already thought that DVD and CD ripping was legal. More than one-third of all consumers admitted that they’d already made copies of media they purchased.

Marion Hubier is on work experience with Lawdit over the summer
michael.coyle@lawdit.co.uk

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