Sorry but you are wrong.No it's not. And I too realize this is a very old tread, but a valid subject. Also the QQ rules are very good for obvious reasons.
"In the EU", that's a wild and broad statement. Finland has been in the EU for more than 20 years, yet all that time, and still it is perfectly legal to make copies of all recordings you have bought, for your own personal use, for your family members AND for your friends. And this even applies to material legally loaned from your friends or a public library (libraries need to purchase special copies normally for this kind of use). This has been in effect since the late 1960's for music and early 1980's for videos.
In Finland consumers have been forced to pay an extra fee for all recording media, including all kinds of blank tape and CD's and DVD's etc. Those funds collected (and the radio airplay, public performance, use in movies, videos etc.) have been distributed according to international (and national) laws concerning copyrights to the owners of that intellectual property. These organisations here are called "Teosto" (Organisation for creators or intellectual property, music, photos, videos, art) and "Gramex" (monitoring all broadcast material and public events). Unfortunately for commercial radio this has meant that they play more American music, especialy the kind that does not need royalties reported and paid for, instead of contemporary and local or European music.
Even bootlegging a live performance is legal in here, of course an artist may have in the ticket conditions that "any kind of recording is prohibited" but in today's world of cell phones offering better video and audio quality than some semi-professional gear form the 1970´s or 1980´s it's pretty much moot. As long as you are not SELLING the copies of the bootleg recordings you have made yourself, they are 100% legal. IF you would take any money against a copy you would be violating the copyright legislation and you should report and pay royalties to the artist, publishing rights owner etc and the artist and/or publishing rights owner could even prohibit you from "publishing" that material in any form or a public presentation or broadcast use any of that material. BUT they can not prevent me privately playing that material for my own enjoyment, or playing it to my family or friends, no matter how many they are, as long as this "event" is not considered public or as long as I don't receive any money from anyone for doing so. So as long as this happens in a private venue (not open to the general public) or I don't get any money for that, it is perfectly legal.
If I bring some of that material with me to the UK or the USA I might be breaking the local laws there (unintentionally), which again is a little bit crazy, as I don't have a separate system and internal hard drive for my laptop for traveling, so whenever I travel in those countries, I do have "illegal" live recordings on my laptop and I could end up going to jail and having my laptop confiscated, right?
I hardly believe having ripped copies (in MP3, MP4, or MEPG4 form) of the CD's and DVD's I have bought in my iTunes on my laptop would be considered "illegal" in any western country, please correct me if I am wrong regarding some other country than North Korea, ok?
I may be mistaken, but I think anyone who visits Switzerland and has TomTom or some other navigation software in their cell phone, that stores the locations of speed monitoring cameras on highways is breaking the law and could get a severe punishment. I haven't removed it from my phone, but I never use it when driving with one of our cars in Switzerland. Instead I use google maps and monitor the driving speed manually.
Years ago, we used to offer vinyl to digital conversions for those who owned the records and were hit with a "Cease & Desist" order by the copyright people.
The same thing applies to ripping a CD in the UK - it is illegal, although unenforceable.