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    Consumers 'confused by copyright'

    Consumers are confused by copyright laws that mean it is still illegal to copy a CD onto their computer, a watchdog says.



    Consumer Focus said that copyright law was outdated and millions of people were unaware they were breaking laws.



    But a legal expert has said that there was no danger of individual consumers being prosecuted for copying music and films for their own use.



    Instead commercial operations are the focus of law enforcement.



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    The current state of the law means that it is illegal for somebody to copy a CD or DVD onto a computer or an Ipod for their own use. This copying to a different device is known as format shifting.



    In a poll of 2,026 people, some 73% said that they did not know what they could copy or record.



    Jill Johnstone, of Consumer Focus, called for the law to be updated to take the advance of technology into account.



    "The world has moved on and reform of copyright law is inevitable, but it is not going to update itself," she said.



    However, IT lawyer Nick Lockett, of DL Legal, said that nobody was being prosecuted for the technical breach in the law. Those who set up commercial operations were more at risk of prosecution, he added.



    He said a similar issue arose when video recorders allowed people to record a television show and watch it later in the day - which at the time was illegal.



    An amendment to copyright laws only came after video recorders had been on the market for some time.



    One argument against allowing people to shift their music or films onto a different format was that the artists could claim that these works only had a limited lifespan and so people should pay them again for having the work on a different format.



    Separate proposals to disconnect so-called peer to peer file-sharers has caused concern among internet campaigners.



    This is when people share music or films even though only one of them has bought the original.

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    Re: Consumers 'confused by copyright'

    Copyright is so overrated these days it's not funny...



    I say anything I copy for my own use should be fine, but if I happened to download a new album and then burn it and sell it, now that should be illegal !!! lol.

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    I say to just get rid of copyright all together and use creative commons. http://creativecommons.org

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    You mean adding CC logos?

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    No... make it so everyone has the freedoms to do whatever they want with their music.

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    Re: Consumers 'confused by copyright'

    Everyone is allowed to do whatever they want with "Their Music"... however we should not. Now, with that being said, you can do covers, and you can also get permission from the artist to re-demonstrate their music and publish it as their own and I think that is fair. I do not think it's cool to sing my song if I made it, without my permission at least.



    I do find it funny that when they play a song on the radio the artists doesn't get much from it. Most of the money goes to the writer... I think it should be 50/50 between them.

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    Not if the artist writes the song themselves Macster.

    And I understand what you mean, but you see people re making songs all the time.

    Such as the Numa numa pop version (bleh) or you spin me right round pop version. (v_v)

    They probably got permission but if not everyone needed permission then we might have much cooler music.

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    I know about the first one, I was putting in that as an example, but of course if they wrote it they get both dividends.



    I know what your saying and I totally agree.. but I just see it as people would be making money off of something I created lol... now of course at the same time, if they made it famous, just means I wasn't doing a very good job at singing the song right lol.

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    [quote name="Macster"]I know about the first one, I was putting in that as an example, but of course if they wrote it they get both dividends.



    I know what your saying and I totally agree.. but I just see it as people would be making money off of something I created lol... now of course at the same time, if they made it famous, just means I wasn't doing a very good job at singing the song right lol.[/quote]

    That's not always true. If for example you are very great but not well known but a crap artist sings it it will be more popular.

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    True in the sense. I will agree with that lol.

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