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Music

+ - UK Think Tank Calls For CD Ripping To Be Legalised

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jb.hl.com writes "The BBC reports that the Institute for Public Policy Research, a UK think tank closely linked with the governing Labour party, has called for a "private right to copy" to be enshrined in law. The move would decriminalise millions of Britons who break the law each year by copying their CDs onto music players, although it would not decriminalise file sharing. The IPPR argues that CD ripping would have little impact on rights holders, and also claims that the record industry has steered discussions on copyright for too long, stating that the copyright period in the UK should stay at the current 50 years. The think tank also touches on the issue of DRM, saying that the British Library should be given a DRM-free copy of any new digital work."
Software

+ - British Supermarket To Sell Own-Brand Software

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jb.hl.com writes "Tesco, the UK's biggest supermarket chain, has announced it will start selling budget own-brand software, including office software, security systems and a photo editing tool, in a move that will pitch the grocery giant against the likes of Microsoft and Symantec. Tesco says that each package will cost under £20, challenging what it described as the current "high" price of software. The supermarket group said it had developed the range of titles with software firm Formjet. Tesco already has its own broadband, telephone and VOIP services, and sells computer systems in some of its stores."

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