At last http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/dec/20/uk-copyright-law-parody-relaxed
The government is to scrap an archaic law that makes it illegal for music fans to download a legally-purchased CD onto a laptop, smartphone or MP3 player, and has rejected calls from record companies for a tax to cover lost sales as a result. Vince Cable, the business secretary, unveiled the plans on Thursday in a 52-page report detailing a freeing up of the UK's intellectual property and copyright laws.
"Bringing the law into line with ordinary people's reasonable expectations will boost respect for copyright, on which our creative industries rely," said Cable.
The copyright exception relating to format shifting will only apply to legally purchased music for personal use.
The rights holders asked Cable to introduce a levy, licence or tax to copying devices – laptops, phones and MP3 Players – "in order to compensate for this harm, as is the case in some other European countries".
It's refreshing to see someone stand up for the rights of the customer rather than the mafia-like media Cartel, I hope none of you missed the fact that once again the copyright maximalist parasites tried to lay an extra tax on their already overpriced products, when will they get the message that attempting to steal from their customers is simply setting up in some folks minds a legitimate reason for those who infringe to continue doing so.