UK High Court deems iTunes illegal in country
Sometimes law can be highly beneficial; other times, it seems like a bureaucratic nightmare designed to make life more inconvenient. The latter seems to be the case in a recent United Kingdom High Court decision to ban iTunes across Britain. According to judges, iTunes violates copyright laws through providing the ability to upload CDs into a personal music library. Consequently, backing up music to an external hard drive or onto iCloud is also illegal.
“It is now unlawful to make private copies of copyright works you own, without permission from the copyright holder—this includes format shifting from one medium to another.” – British IPO
Furthering the blow dealt to Apple by the High Court, Time Machine, Apple Music, and iTunes Match have also become illegal in the UK. However, consumers need not fret; there have been no known cases of people being taken to court over copying CDs to their personal libraries as of late. It remains to be seen whether or not Apple will try to defend their software in international court.