CD-Ripping Deemed Legal Now Everyone's Binned Their Collections

By Gary Cutlack on at

The government's Intellectual Property Office has updated its guidelines on copyright rules, including, for the first time, a specific allowance that says making MP3 copies of CDs for your own personal use is not a crime.

The Exceptions to copyright list also includes the right to perma-borrow material for review or criticism and "parody, caricature or pastiche" purposes, excluding photographs, underlining that ripping CDs is now legal as long as you're doing it for yourself and not to give to friends, family, or distribute to the world via Bittorrent.

And in a nod to modern times, the guidelines also says that "Time-shifting" TV programmes for personal use is now deemed perfectly legal, which is handy otherwise they'd be prosecuting people for historical VHS crimes going back to the early 1980s. [IPO via Techradar]

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