We want to change the law

Why? - because UK copyright law is a mess.

In 2006 the British Phonograhic Institute or BPI said to a parliamentary select committee that they wanted to “make it unequivocally clear to the consumer that if they copy their CDs for their own private use in order to move the music from format to format we will not pursue them”

But UK Copyright Law says that it is unlawful to copy CDs without the permission of the copyright holder - so millions of people routinely break the law when they load their own CDs onto their computers and iPods - and it's been going on for a decade.

So the record companies don't mind but technically its unlawful to load your CDs onto a Brennan unless you get permission.

Whats the problem?

The Advertising Standards Authority told us - after we had printed 100 million ads over 18 months - that they had received a single anonymous complaint - that our ads incite copyright infringement  - and we must stop.

Here’s what's really daft - because of the nature of the ASA complaints procedure - the complaint could very well have come from a competitor. In other words one of the fastest growing companies in the UK has being screwed by a UK watchdog over an archaic law.

We are not calling for a big change just a minor adjustment in the copyright law to reflect current usage. The copyright law has been changed from time to time in the past. A good example is copying TV programs to watch them later. That used to be illegal - everybody did it - and the law was changed to allow “time shifting”.

The copyright law is under review right now so this could be fixed soon - so please add weight to our campaign by voting and let us know what you think. The survey form is hosted by Google and will take seconds to fill.

Martin Brennan

The Survey



Recent comments

"I have over 1,000 CDs & LPs loaded into my Brennan. All have been bought & paid for. These are not illegally shared files. This is music I own. I'm just playing it another format"

"I think copyright lasts far too long. An author's work who died before I was born, will still be under copyright protection when I die. To last longer than the lifespan of the majority of civilization is, well, just plain wrong.
The original copyright period across the pond, was, I believe 42 years, after which the work became public domain. Now it is life plus 90 years. I think the absolute upper limit (and it's still probably too long), would be life plus a term not to exceed a total of 90 years."

"As long as you retain the CD or original source, you should be allowed to copy onto any other device you own. Should you sell on the device you should delete the copied music. Should you sell on the original source you should delete the copy"

"When I have purchased music (I have over 1300 albums, all bought legitimatley), then I don't see why I can't keep them in any format I choose for my own personal enjoyment.
I don't share the music with any other people than my own family that live with me.
If someone wants to copy one of my CD's, I always suggest them should go out and buy it for themselves.
I'm one of 'good guys' on this as my son is in a band and I am aware of the damage to the industry pirating is doing.
However, the law does need some 'tweeking' for people like me who, like I said, should be able to keep legitimatley puchased music in any format they choose to enjoy where ever they are.
So I'm with Brennan on the Copyright changes."