UK Consumer Watchdog Says Copyright Law Is Outdated

from the indeed dept

This is more or less stating the obvious to most folks around here, but UK consumer rights advocates, Consumer Focus, has put out a report pointing out that copyright law is obsolete and confusing to most consumers, leading many of them to infringe on copyrights frequently without even realizing it. This, the group notes, is a problem that should lead the government to fix copyright law by adapting it to the times. Of course, the UK seems to be going in the opposite direction these days with the Digital Economy Bill.... Still, it's nice to see more consumer groups realizing how outdated copyright law is these days.
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    isabel (profile), 1 Mar 2010 @ 10:08am

    I work in a library

    and I still don't really know what exactly is legal and what isn't, particularly with regards to digital information. I've been on several courses and the upshot of those courses is that there isn't any 'simple' way of telling people what they can and can't do and you have to just hope for the best. Surely simplicity should be the measure of a law which is supposed to be followed by everyone?
    One of the most annoying things is, that often you are not allowed to store information which isn't available anywhere to be purchased anyway - so it is just data that is lost to the world.

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