Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Copyright


The High Court has ruled against the UK Government in a judicial review case about its decision to introduce a private copying exemption into copyright law.

The review was initiated by the Musicians Union (MU), the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and UK Music, who argued that it was unlawful due to its failure to provide fair compensation to rights holders in line with European law.

The trade bodies welcomed the change, which essentially meant that consumers could legally make copies of their own (legally acquired) music. This resulted in insane cd burning street parties across the land when it was introduced into English law in October 2014.

The ruling means that Government will now have to reconsider its position. A spokesperson for the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) said: “The Government is disappointed by the ruling on the private copying exception, but respects the opinion of the Court. We are considering the implications of the ruling and the available options”.

UK Music CEO Jo Dipple said: “The High Court agreed with us that Government acted unlawfully. It is vitally important that fairness for songwriters, composers and performers is written into the law. My members’ music defines this country. It is only right that Government gives us the standard of legislation our music deserves. We want to work with Government so this can be achieved”.

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