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ITUNES EXPOSED TO HAVING ILLEGAL FEATURES DUE TO UK RULING

ITUNES EXPOSED AS HAVING ILLEGAL FEATURES DUE TO UK RULING

iTunes looks like it may have to get rid of its CD burning feature after the High Courts have ruled it to be an illegal action in the UK.

Source: Metro

iTunes is technically breaking the law.

A recent ruling by the High Court states it is now illegal to transfer copyrighted works from one format to another.

This means if you download an MP3 and then burn it onto a CD to listen to in your car, you are technically breaking the law. Even storing your music on a cloud storage service could technically be a breach of the new legislation.

A spokesperson from Intellectual Property Office, who are thought to have been under pressure from members of the music industry, told TorrentFreak: ‘It is now unlawful to make private copies of copyright works you own, without permission from the copyright holder – this includes format shifting from one medium to another.’

As iTunes offers a feature to burn CDs, it is now technically breaking the law in the UK.
But don’t worry about the police bursting into your bedroom and filling your laptop full of bullets just yet. A government spokesperson admitted this was a ‘complex area of law’ and said they will be ‘carefully considering the implications of the ruling and the available options, before deciding any future course of action’. ‘The Government is not aware of any cases of copyright holders having prosecuted individuals for format shifting music solely for their own personal use,’ they added.

Apple has been approached for comment.

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