Following recommendations given in an independent report by Professor Ian Hargreaves in 2011, the UK Government had come up with several changes in the Copyright Law, covering aspects of fair dealing for accessible formats for the disabled, research and education, public administration, parody and personal copies for private use. Of these, regulations allowing personal copies of legally-bought music to be made for private use under exceptions to copyright are facing strong resistance from the UK music industry. Having come into force on October 1, 2014, the law was one of the two delayed statutory instruments on the matter passed on July 29, 2014.
The exact legal document can be seen here, and the Intellectual Property Office has released eight guides to explain the changes in simple terms. Of these guides, the one for consumers explains that these changes “allow you to make personal copies of media (ebooks, digital music or video files etc, [except computer programs]) you have bought, for private purposes such as format shifting or backup” on any of devices even the online cloud space that a consumer owns personally, though it remains “illegal to make copies for friends or family” and the electronic media used for distribution such as DVDs and e-books “can still be protected by technology which physically prevents copying and circumvention of such technology remains illegal”.