A report published Sunday and assembled by the United Kingdom\u2019s Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr), a government-sponsored think tank, states that U.K. copyright law is outdated and should be modified to give users of iPods and other MP3 players \u201ca private right to copy\u201d content they purchased on CD or DVD, according to an Oct. 29 ippr press release.It is currently illegal in the United Kingdom\u00a0for people to \u201crip\u201d content from a CD or DVD to their personal computers or other devices, though more than half of all British consumers have done so at some point, according to the National Consumer Council.\u201cippr recommends a legal \u2018private right to copy\u2019 that would allow people to make copies of CDs, or DVDs for personal use,\u201d the release reads.\u00a0The group says such modification to existing copyright regulation would not negatively affect copyright holders.The report\u2014named \u201cPublic Innovation: Intellectual property in a digital age\u201d\u2014calls for the changes to the 300-year-old laws to be made during an upcoming intellectual property regulations review, organized by Chancellor Gordon Brown and to be chaired by Andrew Gowers, according to the release. "Millions of Britons copy CDs onto their home computers breaking copyright laws every day. British copyright law is out of date with consumer practices and technological progress,\u201d said Ian Kerns, ippr deputy director, in the release. \u201cGiving people a legal \u2018private right to copy\u2019 would allow them to copy their own CDs and DVDs onto their home computers, laptops or phones without breaking the law.""When it comes to protecting the interests of copyright holders, the emphasis the music industry has put on tackling illegal distribution and not prosecuting for personal copying, is right,\u201d he said. \u201cBut it is not the music industry\u2019s job to decide what rights consumers have. That is the job of Government."Related Links:\n\nStudy: Consumers Still Prefer to Buy Music on CD\n\nApple FairPlay DRM Cracked, \u2018DVD Jon\u2019 Says\n\nSony Walkman Players Pack Noise Canceling\n\nApple iPod Hits\u00a05 Years OldCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.