As of October 1, 2014, British users are allowed to make copies of legally owned works for their individual private use. However, it is not allowed to share the copy within a familiar circle. This new private copying exception has been approved by the British Parliament in July 2014 as an amendment to the British Copyright Act which was under revision for years.
It is assumed by the Legislator that this new right for private copying will not cause any major harm to the right holders (authors and artists of copyrighted works) by spreading the copies in a private sphere, which cannot be supervised by any authority. A compensation system with levies on CE-blank media or equipment and reprography devices, which is common practice in 22 out of the 28 European Member States, is therefore not foreseen by the British legislator. Thus, the decision of UK remains highly debatable, especially for the authors associations. Further discussions on this issue might be inevitable in the future.