UK copyright law clarity on format shifting

A recent review of the Copyright laws in the UK could clarify things: One of the key changes it recommends is to legalise format shifting for personal use – the copying of CDs or DVDs onto digital music players or computers. Although no individual has been prosecuted for ripping music, having an outdated legal framework has stifled some innovations, the report said. Some think the change is overdue. “Format shifting has been implemented in all European countries apart from the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Malta,” said Susan Hall, media specialist at law firm Cobbetts LLP. “In today’s world, this doesn’t reflect consumer behaviour. The new regulations will allow more flexibility for consumers to enjoy content they have paid for in the way they want to,” she added. More details on