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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/5841/britains-copyright-laws-based-on-a-300-year-old-statute-desperately-need-reshaping-for-the-digital-age/

Britain’s copyright laws, based on a 300-year-old statute, desperately need reshaping for the digital age

November 2, 2006 by

Copyrights and wrongs reports:

This week, the iPod generation secured some support from a notable UK think tank, The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). In its report, the group argues that the UK’s copyright laws are woefully inadequate for the digital age. The group takes aim in particular at one glaring anomaly: the fact that UK consumers cannot make personal copies of the media they purchase – thus,copying your CD collection onto your computer or iPod is a criminal act. It also recommended that DRM controls on digital media should be less stringent and that recorded music copyright should not be extended beyond the current 50 years.

See: IPPR, Public Innovation: Intellectual property in a digital age; also IPPR, Chancellor urged to decriminalise ipod users and Copyright laws ‘need overhaul’.See also UK report: knowledge should be public good first, private right second: “The UK is awaiting the release of a report by the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property, a task force charged with suggesting changes to the country’s intellectual property laws.”

{ 3 comments }

Boerd November 2, 2006 at 3:38 pm

Kinsella posts about intellecual property right?
WHAT A SUPRISE!

David C November 2, 2006 at 10:13 pm

Copyrights and the freedoms they steal are one of the defining issues of the information age. Considering all the ignorance out there about them, I think it’s a very appropiate to keep this issue on the front burner.

One more thing. The only appropiate way to reform copyright is to set the length of the copyright term to zero.

Artisan November 4, 2006 at 8:49 am

David C disciple made it to the second post! What a surprise!

…So what’s new, then ?

Wikipedia about paranoid statements such as “decriminalize ipod users”:

“Copyrights are generally enforced by the holder in a civil law court , but there are also criminal infringement statutes. Criminal sanctions are generally aimed at serious counterfeiting or file sharing activity”

This is also interesting:

“In the United States the AHRA (Audio Home Recording Act Codified in Section 10, 1992) prohibits action against consumers making noncommercial recordings of music, in return for royalties on both media and devices plus mandatory copy-control mechanisms on recorders.

Section 1008. Prohibition on certain infringement actions

No action may be brought under this title alleging infringement of copyright based on the manufacture, importation, or distribution of a digital audio recording device, a digital audio recording medium, an analog recording device, or an analog recording medium, or based on the noncommercial use by a consumer of such a device or medium for making digital musical recordings or analog musical recordings. “

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