It’s also worth noting that these online services appear in part to be relying on fair-use laws. This is why they are rolling out in the US. In the UK, they’ve a much tougher battle, given that the UK essentially lacks even basic fair-use law. For example, it’s not legal in the UK to copy any media, even for personal use. The only exceptions are time-shifting of television content and backing up software, although more recent legislation demands that the second of those things not circumvent copyright protection.
That’s pretty interesting. It’s always hard to know where other countries stand on these issues when you live in the U.S. — we are both dense and xenophobic here. I find it hard to believe that such legislation will stand for much longer, then again lots of money is spent on lobbyists.