Own an iPod? You should be in jail.

Wednesday, 7 June 2006 at 19:25 5 comments


I never knew this, but any UK citizen who copies legally-purchased CDs to their mp3 player is breaking the law. But today the BBC News website quoted the chairman of the British Phonographic Industry saying that, if individuals own the cds and use the mp3 players for personal usage, the BPI would turn a blind-eye in favour of pursuing "professional" pirates. Full story here.

I don't get this. I once bought an iTrip, an FM Transmitter for an iPod so that i could listen to my iPod through my car stereo. But that is illegal over in Britain, as you need a licence to use Radio Transmitting equipment. So therefore you couldn't buy them very easily over here, and if you did then they had a big disclaimer saying they were illegal in the UK. Ok then, what about iPods? They are sold everywhere, they have no disclaimer. What gives? I don't care really, I am just saying though. I will use my iPod no matter what the law was, because i a) bought my iPod and b) bought my CDs. So… Yeah…

P.s. I don't even like Keane, but thought this was harsh: Contact Music reports: “British rockers Keane are devastated their chances of getting to number one in the album charts later this month have been jeopardized by an iTunes blunder. The band’s second album may not reach the top spot because the online music store accidentally put ‘Under the Iron Sea’ on sale on their Belgium site last Tuesday, May 30—two weeks ahead of the official release.” Article from iLounge.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. drhaisook  |  Tuesday, 27 June 2006 at 1:40

    “but any UK citizen who copies LEGALLY-purchased CDs to their mp3 player is breaking the law.” —
    This is the dumbest thing ever. How could they announce something like that? Notice the capitalized word? They’re your CDs.. legally bought. I would tolerate this if they replaced ‘Legally-purchased’ by ‘downloaded off some sharing prog.’ for example. At least it would’ve been more… acceptable.
    This is also dumb, because by saying that, and not mentioning what iPods and the like are for, it means people would buy iPods for home ‘decoration’.. wouldn’t they? *or more creative things*

  • 2. Harry  |  Thursday, 29 June 2006 at 12:12

    Copyright is in a severe mess at the moment! Even copying a CD onto tape cassette to listen to in the car is illegal, although I doubt the police have ever arrested anyone.

  • 3. Jonathan  |  Saturday, 2 September 2006 at 22:14

    Owning an iPod isn’t illegal because you can play purchased tracks on it, or even rip CDs you own the copyright to!

    There is no allowance for “fair use” in the UK as there is in the US. You aren’t allowed to copy legally-purchased CDs even for your own use. However, as long as it’s not on a commercial scale, copyright infringement is not a criminal offence. You can’t be sent to jail. And don’t belive the nonsense from the music industry about them “fining” people. It’s a civil matter, and they have to sue infringers in the civil courts just like anyone else.

  • 4. It's A Free World, Baby  |  Saturday, 2 September 2006 at 22:19

    You seem to have a habit of repeating what i say: my post, your post.

  • 5. Jonathan  |  Sunday, 3 September 2006 at 12:39

    I’m not repeating anything here, just making the extra points that (a) you can’t go to jail for using an iPod; (b) the BPI seem to think they run the country, yet they are merely a trade organisation with only the same recourse to the civil courts as any business or individual.


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