It is illegal to rip music off a CD or put DVDs onto hard drives, UK High Court says

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Andrew Griffin writes: People in the UK are now breaking the law whenever they rip a CD or DVD, the High Court has ruled.

The ruling had previously been in place, and was then overturned so that CD could be “format shifted” without paying over again. But the High Court has ruled that reversal unlawful, meaning that copyright holders for music and films could be in for huge compensation payouts for the illegal ripping.

The record industry claims that such ripping takes as much as £58 million from musicians, which they should receive back in compensation. But in practice, it’s difficult to see how the ruling will actually be enforced, and the ruling is likely to be largely symbolic.

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