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Using iTunes is now illegal under UK copyright law

Copying CDs onto computers, phones and MP3 players is illegal again


In scenes similar to the government’s accidental banning of everything, the High Court has overturned copyright legislation to make the transferring of copyright works from one medium to another illegal – one of the main traditional uses of iTunes.

The government legalised copying for private use last year, a practice most thought was already legal.

But, as TorrentFreak reports, the private copying exceptions have been overturned and the Intellectual Property Office has confirmed that ripping a CD in iTunes is no longer allowed.

“It is now unlawful to make private copies of copyright works you own, without permission from the copyright holder – this includes format shifting from one medium to another,” a spokesperson told the site.

The IPO apparently specifically noted the copying of music from a CD to an MP3 player – something that is not only possible on iTunes but, at least when it first came out, was its main function.




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