I was just wondering about the laws on copied cds. As far as I know, it is legal to copy a cd for your own personal use and to copy an audio/data cd and sell it to other people is illegal but I do not know if it is illegal to let a friend use a copied cd without them paying me beforehand. Could somebody please clarify this and correct me if I am wrong.
"... under the current copyright laws you do NOT have the "right" to make a copy of a Music or software CD which you have legally purchased - even if it is only for your own use. You may well find that the copyright owners turn a blind eye to such practices, but that's a dispensation, which is entirely different from a right ..........."
What is often forgotten is that the rights you have are the rights (or lack of them) that are granted by the copuright holder.
For instance, you may have a right to make a backup if the copyright holder grants you that right (and some do). You may even (as with some freeware and shareware) have the right to make unrestricted numbers of copies, and distribute them - if the copyright holder grants you that right.
In the absence of any specific rights grants, then the making of copies is not legal - but as has been stated ad nauseam, if you do it for your own private use, you are unlikely to be sanctioned (or even discovered1).
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