Thursday, 4 April 2013

Ripping entertainment

It's okay (in Australia) to take some entertainment you bought on a round plastic disc and copy that data to your computer for personal use, as long as it only involves sound, not moving pictures. When you look at it that way, this is a very weird and inconsistent law, and I think it's time it changed. Why am I forbidden from doing to my DVD movies the same thing I am allowed to do to my CD music - that is, to rip it and copy it to my tablet or phone? Why is the law so specific about the type of entertainment to which I can do this?

Mokalus of Borg

PS - The same laws are in force in most countries.
PPS - Because ripping movies is stealing but ripping music is just using it.

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