The government’s decision to legalise the copying of CDs for personal use has been successfully challenged in the High Court.
As of October 1 2014, it finally became legal to rip personally-owned compact discs for digital playback on other devices, but a judge has now ruled the change in law was unfair on rights holders.
When changing the law, the government decided against introducing a “copyright levy” compensation scheme when discs were copied. Now Mr Justice Green has ruled “the absence of a compensation mechanism” made the change in legislation “unlawful,” The Guardian reports.
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The case will return to the High Court next month, where a resolution will be decided. However, it’s conceivable the change in law could be overturned.
A more likely solution is the introduction of a fee for rights holders, (represented by The Musicians’ Union, The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and UK Music) whenever content is copied from a disc.
Asking people to pay now to transfer content they’ve already bought, when they can simply dump it on a laptop with no consequences, could be tricky to say the least.