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I think in most countries it was always deemed "leagal", but few places actually had it in wrighting. Here in the US I think we got few different acts and court rulings that provide for it, but no black and white law that covers it. The Fair Use laws get into it a little I think.

It will be interesting to see how they handle the disks with DRM. I mean if you actually have a law that specifically states a person has the right to back up their media...wouldn't it be illeagal to try to prevent them from doing so?
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post
It will be interesting to see how they handle the disks with DRM. I mean if you actually have a law that specifically states a person has the right to back up their media...wouldn't it be illeagal to try to prevent them from doing so?
I read up on this. A manufacturer is under no obligation to make it easier for you to copy or aid you in doing so. They can still place a ton of anti copy software on the disk, but if you bypass it for personal use, there is no problem.
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I don't know what their law will say, but the situation is stupid in some countries (I think it's like this in the USA) in that they allow you to make ONE copy for personal use.

ONE copy. Are they mad ? I'll do how many copies I want. It's for personal use. What do they have to do with how many copies I deem safe for backup ? That's the definition of redundancy backup. If the original fails and the copy does too, I'll still have another one.

The situation is so absurd that, technically speaking, if someone has the original contents on a mirror RAID setup and the original disc, they are already infringing the law.

Or, even more absurdly, if you rip a CD to your computer and then synchronize with your MP3 player, you are also breaking the law.

This just goes to show how technologically illiterate the legislators are. They could at least ask someone who knows about this stuff and act rationally and sensibly.
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I read up on this. A manufacturer is under no obligation to make it easier for you to copy or aid you in doing so. They can still place a ton of anti copy software on the disk, but if you bypass it for personal use, there is no problem.
But was that for this actual law? If so that is a bit of a bummer. Not that I was expecting anything but what you found, but you never know. All I would have had to do was to start buying the UK versions of every game
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Wait it's illegal? O.o that's news to me. xD
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I wonder if there are any regulations like in the U.S. In the U.S it is 100% legal to back up all your stuff so long as you own the original and (here's the kicker) don't break any type of DRM.

Now can someone tell me how many disc based media that actually sells very well (like a blockbuster movie) in the US that isn't DRM protected?
post #17 of 25
Now.. uh... bring that to the US, get rid of the law that says we can't even though there's law that says we can (cd's) and I'll be a tad bit happier with the gov.

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Great news . I wonder how many people actually knew this was illegal beforehand though? I remember when I first read about the legalities of ripping music and was certainly quite surprised.
This... Shortly after finding out I was back to not caring, though.


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I think in most countries it was always deemed "leagal", but few places actually had it in wrighting. Here in the US I think we got few different acts and court rulings that provide for it, but no black and white law that covers it. The Fair Use laws get into it a little I think.

It will be interesting to see how they handle the disks with DRM. I mean if you actually have a law that specifically states a person has the right to back up their media...wouldn't it be illeagal to try to prevent them from doing so?
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CDs & DVDs are on the way out. Future media will be streamed from online stores.

At least they've done this.
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The next thing we'll hear is "UK to legalize breathing air for personal use". Don't do anything in your personal life that the government doesn't give you approval to do. Even if it doesn't harm anyone else. You cannot make decisions. This is a nanny state if I ever heard it because it's painfully obvious from this that the UK government tries to control every aspect of your personal life. Thank rogue groups and spies in their government that work to sabotage its ideology for its citizens.
 
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Legalize? dont people do this anyway? rofl
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