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  The record company EMI is planning a new service which will allow people to copy music from the Internet without breaking the law. BBC Business correspondent Mark Gregory reports:
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Compact Disc

6th June 2001

Copying music from the Internet

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EMI's artists include the Spice Girls, the Beatles and pop stars Robbie Williams and Janet Jackson. Like the rest of the industry, it's struggling to cope with technological change that makes it much easier for people to copy music without paying for it. Music can be stored in a personal computer, it can be passed anywhere in the world via the internet, millions of people own the equipment needed to record or burn their own unauthorised compact discs. Unofficial online music services like that provided by the American group Napaster have proved wildly popular.

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the industry: the music industry, including record companies and recording artists

to burn a CD: the common term for recording content on to a compact disc

unauthorised compact discs: CDs which are made without the permission of the record company and recording artist

wildly: very

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    To tackle the issue, EMI has teamed up with a computer software company to develop the first ever service that allows music lovers to legitmately make their own CDs on their own CD recording equipment of songs on which EMI holds the copyright. The music will be downloaded from the internet in encrypted form. The difficult bit comes in designing software that gives the copyright holder power over what use is made of the music once its in the customer's computer. It may, for example, be possible to require additional payments everytime a new CD is burned. EMI says it'll talk about pricing when the service is ready to launch. In theory it could do away with the need for dedicated music shops, but industry analysts say many people like to go to places where they can listen to music they haven't heard before. But, of course, that too can be done over the internet.
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to tackle the issue: to try to find an answer to a problem

teamed up with: worked together with

holds the copyright: owns the rights to a piece of music so that people have to ask for your permission to copy or use it

downloaded: copied files onto your computer

encrypted form: coded so that it can't be used without permission

do away with: remove

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