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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY vol 21(2) copyright
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45 Personal copies for private use

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45 Personal copies for private use

The general public have long assumed that it is legal to ‘format-shift’—for example, to copy vinyl records to cassette tapes, to rip CDs to the hard drive of a computer and transfer them to a portable device such as an MP3 player or mobile phone, and have acted upon that assumption. However, under UK law, despite various recommendations1 this has never been legal until the introduction of a new exception to copyright protection which came into force on 1 October 2014. This exception was one of a number of exceptions brought in to modernise UK copyright and bring it up to

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