BEIJING, Oct. 30 (Xinhuanet) --
Three-hundred-year old UK copyright laws are out of date and should be rewritten
to protect users of the iPod and other MP3 players, according to a report from
an influential thinktank Sunday.
Under the UK's current legislation, millions of Brits
break the copyright laws each year when copying their own CDs onto their
iPods and other MP3 players, said the Institute for Public Policy
Research (IPPR) in the report.
The report said it was time to overhaul the copyright
regulations and recommend a legal "private right to copy" that would allow
people to make copies of CDs, or DVDs for personal use.
"British copyright law is out of date with consumer
practices and technological progress. Giving people a legal 'private right to
copy' would allow them to copy their own CDs and DVDs onto their home computers,
laptops or phones without breaking the law," said Ian Kearns, IPPR's deputy
The IPPR report hopes to influence the outcome of a
forthcoming review of Intellectual Property, set up by Chancellor Gordon Brown
and chaired by Andrew Gowers. IPPR said the review should update the copyright
laws to take account of the changes in the way people want to listen to music,
watch films and read books.
According to a research published Sunday by the
National Consumer Council, more than half of British consumers are infringing
copyright laws by copying CDs on to their computers, iPods or other MP3 players.
The research, based on interviews with more than 2,000 adults, found that 55
percent have copied CDs and 59 percent believe it is legal to do so.