Canadian Panel Says Song Downloads Are Legal

“The Canadian Copyright Board said Friday that downloading pirated music and burning it onto CDs was legal under Canadian law. Uploading songs onto file-sharing networks remains taboo. […]

On Friday, the board said it believed the exemption applied to downloaded songs ‘as long as two conditions are met: The copy must be for the private use of the person making it, and it must be made onto an audio recording medium.’ And the board extended the exemption to some portable music players, such as Apple Computer Inc.‘s iPod.”

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