In one of those “it never would have occurred to me” moments, I have just heard that it is illegal in the UK to “rip” a copy of a CD you own onto your own iPod (a practice which is legal in the US). This information comes courtesy of the discussion taking place right now over the music industry’s desire to levy an “iPod tax” to make up for this. I particularly liked the comment posted by EastFinchleyite which started
By the same logic, if I buy a CD and then play it in my living room, and there are other people present, I (or they?) should pay a levy for listening to copyrighted music that they haven’t bought.
I agree completely. As noted, it never would have occurred to me that it mattered which device you used to play music that you had paid for. Some days I really do think that living in Europe borders on the ridiculous and that going home to the US seems like a really good idea.