Following a new set of laws passed back in June (but only becoming effective now), it is finally legal to copy your music and films for back-up purposes. Although it remains illegal to share your files with friends and family, one can now rip a copyrighted CD to iTunes, per example, something that was not permitted by law until now.

"These changes are going to bring our IP [intellectual property] laws into the 21st century," said Baroness Neville-Rolfe, minister for Intellectual Property. "They will mean that the UK IP regime will now be responsive to the modern business environment and more flexible for consumers."

Exceptions to this law include ripping streaming material (Netflix, Spotify etc), or copying rented property, such as e-Books. It is also illegal for users to sell an original CD if they retain any copies of it.