As a result of the UK’s very limited private use exceptions under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, some everyday copying is technically unlawful. In particular, simple format copying is unlawful – the law prevents you from doing simple acts such as uploading a CD onto your home PC and then downloading a copy onto your MP3 player or iPod.
Fortunately, the Government has decided to consult on amendments to the law to remedy this situation, which was highlighted in the Gower Review of IP. The consultation was published yesterday – see here.
I haven’t read the consultation yet, so I have yet to see if the new format copying exceptions will also permit private users to circumvent any DRM technical measures preventing such format copying.