EU: UK needs “private copying” copyright exemption

6 05 2009

Many European countries have a “private copying” copyright exemption—but what does “private copying” mean? The answer depends on where you live, but two European Commissioners hope to change that over the next couple of years by harmonizing “private copying” law across Europe.

Viviane Reding, the EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, joined forces with Meglena Kuneva, the EU Consumer Commissioner, to announce today the launch of a new website called (groan) eYouGuide. The site explains the various rights that European consumers have online and answers questions about copying, recording streaming audio, DRM, and Europe’s 7-day “cooling-off period” for purchases.

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