British music industry disputes law that makes CD and DVD copying legal

The British music industry doesn't accept the decision of the government which gives consumers the right to make copies of legally purchased music CDs and DVDs. The industry believes it should receive a fair compensation for making copies.


Several interest groups of the British music industry complain in a joint statement about the, in their eyes, poor legislation. Freely coping purchased music on CDs and DVDs would damage musicians and composers, according to the groups. They  also want to secure a compensation for rightholders together.

The goal isn't to change the law but to make it clear that the music industry has been damaged by the decision of the British government,  the Financial Times writes. A subsequent step could be enforcing a compensation.

Consumers rip music for years to e.g. play the music on their PC or mobile phone but in the past this was illegal under British law. However the UK music industry believes that the government made a serious mistake by legalizing ripping of music. According to the British artists and composers the law should guarantee that they receive a fair compensation for their work.

The digital age has offered the music industry many opportunities, but on the other hand has made it more difficult to survive. The industry now makes its money from multiple revenue sources and according to the interest groups each of them is important and needs to be protected against piracy.

That statement contradicts the outcome of an European study that was published last year. According to that study,  has piracy no substantial negative impact on the revenues of the music industry.

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