In case any of you music-lovers out there didn’t know, it’s actually illegal to rip CDs to your PC, but new recommendations set out to chancellor Gordon Brown today mean that consumers may no longer skulk in the grey areas of the legal system.The Gower’s Review of Intellectual Property, which was published today, advises that the government liberalise the laws surrounding copying for personal use. While Chancellor Gordon Brown has outlined his plans to crackdown on professional piracy in his pre-budget speech, he has also hinted at a instigating a sweetener to the consumer by relaxing on the laws on home ripping. So we need no longer quiver every time we add our legally bought tracks to iTunes. It’s less likely, however, that film fans will get carte blanche to rip their favourite movies – discs already come with strict protection mechanisms to prevent copying and there are no signs of this slackening.The report also makes new recommendations on the sampling of work for creative purposes if it does not detract from the value of the original. We forsee some interesting court cases if this gets taken up, but it may mean that all those 2 Many DJs CDs may soon be legit. Just three years too late for anyone to care.
Related links: Gowers report