The EU yesterday launched eYouGuide, a new consumer guide to online rights. It explains differences between member states - and the UK's private copying rules are singled out: "In the majority of EU countries, you can copy your media file for your own private use, for non-commercial purposes. The number of copies you can make might be limited. The rules differ from country to country. In some EU countries, namely the UK and Ireland, you are not allowed to make a copy of a copyrighted file for private use." More information on ars technica here.