A law has now come into effect that permits UK citizens to make copies of CDs, MP3s, DVDs, Blu-rays and e-books.

The BBC reports that consumers are now allowed to keep duplicates of purchased media on local storage or in the cloud. While it is legal to make back-ups for personal use, it remains an offence to share the data with friends or family. Making such copies - including ripping CDs to iTunes - had previously qualified as copyright infringement, although cases were rarely prosecuted.

The changes were detailed in June, when the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) issued guidance, but had not come into effect until now. 

See the full BBC article for more details.