Queen Elizabeth II rules world’s worst copyright regime?

19 04 2009

Who has the worst “worst, by far” copyright laws in the world? According to a pair of consumer groups, the winner is—wait for it—the UK.

Yes, the country that brought us copyright, modern parliamentary democracy, chocolate Hobnobs, and both Shakespeare and Simon Cowell was rated the absolute worst of sixteen countries surveyed when it came to copyright. The abysmal rating came from the Open Rights Group and Consumer Focus, which dinged the UK for its lack of a broad “fair use” right and the continued existence of rules that prohibit (among other things) legally ripping a CD to one’s computer or iPod.

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