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Legally entitled to digital copies?

If you buy something, like a CD or a DVD, are you legally entitled to download/make digital copies for your smartphone or tablet?

Most Useful Answer CTPAHHIK  Apr. 26, 2012 at 11:56

I'm assuming you are talking about music/movies? I'm not quite sure what kind of other copy can you make for smartphone.

Yes, if content is NOT copy protected.
You are not allowed to circumvent copy protection, but you are allowed to make as many copies as you like as long as it matches original (with copy protection).

Stripping DRM from music files is not allowed, but making a copy with DRM intact is OK.
Ripping DVD is not allowed, but making one to one copy is OK. Does not make any sense, but law did not account for the fact that you can do it now (was not the case when DVDs came out).

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CTPAHHIK  Apr. 26, 2012 at 11:56

I'm assuming you are talking about music/movies? I'm not quite sure what kind of other copy can you make for smartphone.

Yes, if content is NOT copy protected.
You are not allowed to circumvent copy protection, but you are allowed to make as many copies as you like as long as it matches original (with copy protection).

Stripping DRM from music files is not allowed, but making a copy with DRM intact is OK.
Ripping DVD is not allowed, but making one to one copy is OK. Does not make any sense, but law did not account for the fact that you can do it now (was not the case when DVDs came out).

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 12:45

Well you could include books now I guess.

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 26, 2012 at 12:52

I don't know how you can copy a book to a digital device. Scanner?
If you already bought a digital copy you should be able to get it directly on device using app from reseller.

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 12:58

I know people did that before ebooks were around.
Some ebooks are DRMd so like you say above stripping it isn't really legit.
Thought they were tightening laws to limit our options anyway though.

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 26, 2012 at 14:04

Hehe, I still do that when I need a few chapters from £300 textbook and cannot find PDF online.

aeonf242  Apr. 26, 2012 at 14:22

If you make a copy of material that is copyrighted then you've broken the law. This includes copies for personal non-comerical use.
So legally you're a criminal if you're making a copy of a film for you phone. However it's highly unliley you'll be caught or prosecuted, unless you're unlucky or distribute these copies more widely.

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 14:36

Think it's currently illegal for music too, although both under review atm.

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-1689901/Is-it-illegal-to-copy-a-CD-on-to-your-iPod.html

aeonf242  Apr. 26, 2012 at 14:51

Yup, any copyrighted material, so commonly books, music, films, TV, Computer Games....

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 26, 2012 at 15:26

This is still pending? Still not amended yet?

aeonf242  Apr. 26, 2012 at 15:46

It's just like speeding on the motorways, most people do it, it's socially acceptable but if you get caught you've been breaking the law...

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 16:01

This is still pending? Still not amended yet?

I think they tied it up in a nice package with the screwing over the isps making them police online activities 3 strikes stuff so it's all still going through. Last read 2014 as likely date.

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 26, 2012 at 17:43

How is that related to copying a CD? Did you mean to post this in WiFi discussion?

Pondlife  Apr. 26, 2012 at 18:19

Nope it's all about digital copyright, same Bill going through parliament affects rights to copy cd/dvd and means the isps have to watch out for naughty pirates.

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 26, 2012 at 22:24

Does not make much sense how DVD copy can be related to file sharing, but with current government I'm not really surprised.

If I need a copy I will make 1 for one DVD image. If I want to share I will re-encode entire movie. That's two different things with second one is changing actual content.

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