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[–] GOAT_BURGER 0 points 58 points (+58|-0) ago 

Sigh. Are our politicians old, stupid, and just out-of-date technophobes? Or, are they enacting laws which are so vague, they could prosecute almost anyone, should they choose to (a power trip)? I'm leaning towards the latter.

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[–] Zkv 1 point 19 points (+20|-1) ago 

Probably a bit of the latter, but mostly the former.

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[–] wesmoc ago 

I suspect it is more than that.. The paranoid cynic in me says there is money and/or favors involved from an organization with deep pockets.

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[–] notawhitesupremacist 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Are our politicians old, stupid, and just out-of-date technophobes?

I believe it was a judge who made the decision, parliament was okay with I tunes.

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[–] LordHumongus 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

High Court judges are appointed by the Queen on the recommendation of Judicial Appointments Commission, from qualified lawyers.

I blame the Queen!

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[–] revofire ago 

I thought you were describing Bernie for a second there.

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[–] imaginethehangover ago 

Judges and politicians are often make decisions on various laws without having a clear understanding of the subject. There are very few people high up in our governments and courts that have a thorough understanding of how computers and the internet works, and the therefore have no idea the impact their decisions are having. The most dangerous thing you can have is a person in power who doesn't understand what they're doing. As a lot of people do, they're confusing power with knowledge.

I hope as we approach future generations, future politicians and judges remember these moments and make an effort to either learn about those subjects they're making decisions about, or subsequently pass them onto someone more suitable to make those decisions.

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[–] dalek_caan 1 point 31 points (+32|-1) ago 

How irrational is this law. The next step is making listening loud music illegal. Other people can hear your copyrighted material!

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[–] jordan042 1 point 15 points (+16|-1) ago 

You're giving them ideas.

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[–] klongtoey 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

germany literally does that.

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[–] Tinker_Bell 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Care to elaborate?

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[–] TheBeesTrees 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Now see here lad, sound waves are a controlled substance in this great nation. No! Don't speak to me until you show me your permit! What, do you want the "Peace Officers" to descend on us or something?

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[–] ivdok ago 

No more than 100 dBm in Europe, I believe.

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[–] mamwad 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

I doubt they could reasonably enforce that.

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[–] Fuck_Forgot_Password 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

That's not what they aim for either.

In a world where everyone is a perpetrator in the eye of law they can silence as many as they want.

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[–] Scotcheggs 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

The music industry seemed to be pushing for this. They are quite insane. If I were a good little citizen then I would have no incentive to buy CDs because of this law. The only reason I buy CDs is to rip them to flac so I can listen to them on a mobile device. If I was barred from doing that then it would give me no incentive to buy CDs at all. I'd actually be forced to use a CD player from 15 years ago and carry around a CD wallet like a primitive. This law is making our legal system seem inept and is embarrassing.

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[–] Rusti 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

buy

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[–] DishingShitLikeA 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Haha. That was a good one!

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[–] shinybedpan 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I haven't spent much time in the UK (except Northern Ireland). The more I read about the laws being made there the more it starts to look like a real life V for Vendetta.

edit: grammer

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[–] somerandomteen 1 point 10 points (+11|-1) ago 

Welp, that's nuts.

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[–] sniper98g 1 point 9 points (+10|-1) ago  (edited ago)

When I read the title I thought OP was blowing things out of proportion. Went and read the article, and nope OP wasn't. I thought US copyright law was fucked, but this makes it look really reasonable.

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[–] Tinker_Bell 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Oh, I'm certain our politicians will see this as a challenge and try to one-up them.

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[–] Chew_Monster 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

You know what is even more nuts? The very last line.

The IPO specifically notes that copying a CD to an MP3 player is not permitted.

You know that the voice of the citizen is completely meaningless when things like this are law.

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[–] CaptSpify ago 

Except OP is blowing out of proportion. It's illegal to use iTunes' ripping feature, not illegal to use iTunes.

Yes, this law is ridiculous, and needs to be made news, but not with click-bait titles like this

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[–] eskimooo 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

By their logic, the Windows OS is illegal as it has built in backup tools which allow you to transfer copyrighted material to another media device. This is stupid and illogical on so many levels.

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[–] brucethemoose 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

The title is clickbaity. Using iTunes is perfectly legal, you just can't use it to copy music anywhere.

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[–] Caerlocc 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Not even copying explicitly; just importing a CD is illegal (which is copying, but in a specific way).

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