Ripping – Soon to be legal in the UK

Ripping   Soon to be legal in the UKGot yourself a CD or a DVD ? Want to rip it to MP3 or an MP4 video file so that you can play it on your phone ? Woah.. wait a minute there soldier, you’ve probably just broken the law.

At least, that’s the way things used to be, because the law looks set to change. Government here in the UK are about to tweak the UK copyright law to allow “format shifting”, making it legal to rip CD’s and DVD’s for personal use.


“Ripping” has been going on for many years but the recent Hargreaves Review of UK copyright law has put forward suggestions for change. Simon Levine, Joint Global Head of Intellectual Property and Technology at law firm DLA Piper told the BBC that..

The review pointed out that if you have a situation where 90% of your population is doing something, then it’s not really a very good law.

It’s still illegal to share music and video online but, with this amendment, you will be able to convert your media into any format provided you’ve purchased the media yourself.

Link – BBC

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  • Guest

    So does this mean it will now be illegal for publishers to include copy protection on CDs & DVDs? Where will the consumer stand if they cannot rip to another device because of copy protection?

    • This is a very good point!  Also means that DRM will have to change as well!

  • Liamgard

    doesnt Windows Media Player automatically rip music from a cd when its inserted into a pc?