Lord Stevenson of Balmacara

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara is a Labour Party member of the House of Lords.

Copyright exceptions

Lord Stevenson has illustrated what he considers the folly of allowing a personal exception to copying music but not expanding it to the whole immediate family.

"if my wife buys a CD, she cannot let me listen to it by copying it to my iPod. She can legally copy it to the music system of our car, but only if she owns the car and, by implication, the music system: it will not be legal if I am the registered owner. That will seem pretty daft to most people. There are of course arguments against a family private copying exception, not the least being able to define what is a family, but many will feel that an attempt should at least have been made.”[1]

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