According to the British Wired starting June 1st there will be some major changes when it comes to the UK copyright laws. The most important one is that you will be able to make copies of CDs or any other media with no fear of law penalties, whatsoever. However, there is a catch, as always. The keyword in this matter is personal use. As long as you keep it for yourself you are good to go in legal terms.
So, whatever you bought ebooks, music, movies, and similar, you can make copies only for yourself. If you like to share the copies of purchased contents with your loved ones such as family or friends, then you are committing a crime. The funny thing about this, though, is a question how you will be able to ensure the adequate protection of copyright laws?
It comes without saying that it is almost impossible to keep an eye on what is happening with the copyrighted material. Therefore, it would be really hard to imagine police officers who are arguing with someone that a certain CD was not intended for sale or sharing, but rather only for personal use. We sure hope that the legal experts behind these changes had some time to think about all eventualities related to the practical implementation issues.
For what is worth, we need to look up to the bright side of this story. The situation with copyrighted material will be definitely more relaxed after these changes. The last thing we need is to see SWAT teams jumping around our house while we are making a copy of our favorite movie or book. On the other side, this will allow law makers and enforcers to focus on the ones who are really doing damage with the real and not homemade piracy.