Disabled people are now allowed to copy MP3s, CDs and DVDs if there is no commercial alternative. The change is part of broader legislation that eases copyright law with a view to bringing 250 million pounds to the UK economy over the next decade.
The act of copying DVDs, MP3s and CDs is still a crime in the United Kingdom, although a survey by Consumer Focus in 2009 showed 59 percent of the population thought it was perfectly legal.
The situation has been repeated several times now across east Ukraine following Kiev’s announcement of its anti-terrorist operation at the weekend: Ukrainian troops and their hardware are blocked by angry residents, who stop them in their tracks and convince them to turn round or even withdraw.
On Wednesday, pro-Russian militia captured six Ukrainian infantry fighting vehicles and, allegedly, 60 soldiers in Kramatorsk, driving them to nearby Slavyansk with a Russian flag flying.
Chancellor will try to debunk claims that a further five years of austerity will restrict growth and hurt living standards
George Osborne is to tell an audience of free-market campaigners in Washington that the UK’s economic turnaround will defy those who say austerity and low wage growth will lead to long-term stagnation. In his first major speech in the US, the chancellor will attempt to demolish claims that a further five years of austerity will restrict growth and hurt workers’ living standards.
Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for the “evil” damage to children caused by sexual abusers in the clergy.
He said the abuse was a “moral damage carried out by men of the Church”, and that “sanctions” would be imposed. The statement, made in a meeting with a child rights group, is being described as his strongest the issue so far.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned European leaders that Ukraine’s delays in paying for Russian gas have created a “critical situation”.
Pipelines transiting Ukraine deliver Russian gas to several EU countries and there are fears that the current tensions could trigger gas shortages.