Norway proposes new digital legislation

March 2005

Record Labels, Internet

The Norwegian government is proposing new copyright legislation that will make attempts to crack copy-protection illegal. On top of this, it will allow copying of CDs and DVDs for personal use (even if this involves cracking the copy protection) as long as they are copied onto the same medium (i.e. a CD copied onto a CD-R). The biggest – and most controversial – issue is, however, the fact that consumers will not be able to copy CDs onto their portable digital players (as this will mean transferal from one medium to a different one). It is argued, on one side, that this is an important update of copyright law and, on the other, that it is a massive restriction on consumers’ digital usage rights.


Source: Five Eight Magazine –

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