An influential group of UK MPs has called for "crystal clear" labelling of digital music and video content to let consumers know what they can and cannot do with such purchases both online and offline.
A report published by the All Party Parliamentary Internet Group has called on the Office of Fair Trading to introduce a system of labelling which would effectively prevent consumers from inadvertently breaking copyright laws.
It also suggested that makers of digital rights management (DRM) systems should be made aware of the consequences of using aggressive copy protection systems, citing the Sony BMG rootkit debacle in the US.
The group recommended that music and video distribution companies should state what will happen if a DRM technology becomes obsolete or is replaced.
It also called for an inquiry by the Department of Trade and Industry into the tariffs used by online music stores.
"This is somewhat at odds with the notion of the 'single market'," the report stated.
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