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UK government to legalise DVD and CD ripping for personal use

The UK government is poised to revise its stance on digital copyright laws, at last making it legal to rip DVDs and CDs to other devices.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) announced the new legislation, which is set to go into effect on the 1 June. As the law currently stands, it's currently illegal to copy data from optical media to your PC, tablet or MP3 player. However, transferring music or movies between devices will now be allowed without infringing these copyrights, so long as it's for private use only.

The new ruling comes with a few caveats: content may only be copied for use by the owner of the original disc, and sharing with friends and family remains barred by law – and likewise for duplicating rented or borrowed DVDs.

"The changes make small but important reforms to UK copyright law and aim to end the current situation where minor and reasonable acts of copying which benefit consumers, society and the economy are unlawful," the IPO explains.

"They also remove a range of unnecessary rules and regulations from the statute book in line with the government's aim to reduce regulation."

These changes have been in the running for a while now. Amendments are also coming for those in the habit of backing up content online, where storing legally owned, ripped files on the cloud gets the green light under the same bill. But as always, sharing these files with others online is still forbidden under the ruling.