Apple Quadruples iTunes Match Music Cap
Shifting content from one medium (CD) to another (MP3 player) is one of iTunes’ core functions, and one that it explicitly promotes when a consumer downloads the application. “Import your favorite CDs with just one click,” Apple touts during the iTunes installation.
The restrictions cover other kinds of conversions as well, like transferring one of your dusty VHS tapes to DVD, or burning a vinyl album to MP3.
Perhaps more relevant for today’s modern listener, TorrentFreak also notes that the law prohibits the auto-backup or storing of copyrighted content onto a private cloud hosting service. Like the CD-burning issue, saving music on the cloud would first have to be approved by the rights holder — a daunting task.
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One possible solution: artists and labels could just issue a blanket consent decree to fans (though it’s unclear how that would work). More than likely, listeners will just continue to ignore the law and, as before, get away with it.
In response to the High Court’s decision, the Government called the law “complex” and said individuals don't have to worry about getting visits from the bobbies any time soon.
"As this is a complex area of law, the Government is carefully considering the implications of the ruling and the available options, before deciding any future course of action," a government spokesperson said. "The Government is not aware of any cases of copyright holders having prosecuted individuals for format shifting music solely for their own personal use."