There's no definition of fair use for UK consumers, which means that under UK law it's still illegal for music lovers to rip CDs to iTunes so they can listen to music on their iPod.

The UK music industry says it has been turning a benevolent "blind eye" to music lovers who have been doing this, and has moved fast to deny it's campaigning to establish at this basic consumer right of use.

There is no definition of consumer rights to use their legitimately-purchased media in the UK, but it's good to know the BPI is wiling to "consider the options" for it.

A report from The Telegraph this morning offered music fans a glimmer of hope in the campaign to make the industry listen and respond to their needs.

The report claimed that music industry trade body the BPI has made a written submission to the UK government asking for a change in copyright law so consumers would get the right to rip their own CDs under law.

This isn't a true reflection of the case. The report claimed the BPI had made its submission to an independent review body set up by the Treasury to examine the UK's intellectual property framework (the Gowers Review).

BPI spokesman Matt Phillips today moved to deny The Telegraph report, telling Macworld: "Our submission to the Gowers Review does not say that the law should be changed to allow private copying."

Phillips then explained that the BPI is "willing to explore options to clarify what behaviour should be deemed acceptable for consumers."

His next statement offered little beyond what is already known about the music industry and its attitude toward digital rights management and file-sharers: "We look forward to having that discussion with the Gowers team, and to reaching a framework which protects copyright effectively and allows consumers to take advantage of new technology fairly."

The BPI continues campaigning for stiff penalties for illegal file-sharers and the extension of artist copyright to over 50 years.

The UK's independent label trade body, the Association of Independent Music, has a contrasting view on consumer rights.

Speaking to the Parliamentary/New Media Industries Forum in February, that group explained: "Independent music companies are primarily artist-orientated and want to give their artists every possible opportunity to reach national and international markets: using rather than refusing new technologies; encouraging broad and niche consumer access to new music; avoiding a punitive approach to copyright enforcement and  realising that loss of some measure of copyright control is a factor in reaching new and enthusiastic music markets around the world - and believing that there can be a fresh approach to all these factors."