Legal home copying in other legislations
Posted Sep 5, 2004 14:25 UTC (Sun) by eru
In reply to: Record labels' man in Washington (News.com)
Parent article: Record labels' man in Washington (News.com)
In Finland making a copy for personal use is explicitly legal (with some exceptions). As a kind of compensation, there is a kind of "cassette tax" levied on just about any media that can store music (this includes nowadays even CD-ROM and DVD-ROM blanks). The proceeds go to a music publisher's association, which is supposed to use them for grants to artists.
Nevertheless, the music publishers rail against private copying just as elsewhere, making many people needlessly feel like lawbreakers...
As to P2P, I think the current interpretation in Finland is that while downloading any files off the net for personal use is not illegal, making them available over the net without the rightholders permission is. Since P2P programs famously work 2-way, I guess it makes P2P users liable if they load and then provide files that are not cleared for net distribution.
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