Video mash-ups and song parodies to be legalised (just as long as they are funny)

Video mash-ups and song parodies to be legalised (just as long as they are funny) Copyright law shake-up to make it easier to transfer files between devicesiPod and e-book users will not be criminalised if copy is for personal useRecord companies will not be able to block song parodies | UPDATED: 16:29 GMT, 21 December 2012 Film companies and record labels will not be able to force mash-ups and spoofs to be taken down from the internet under a major shake-up of copyright law. Ministers have vowed to legalise parodies after countless viral hits have disappeared from sites like YouTube because multi-national firms failed to see the funny side

House prices across the country will rise in 2013 thanks to increased mortgage competition and shortage of homes

House prices across the country ‘will rise in 2013 thanks to increased mortgage competition and shortage of homes’Average rise of 2 per cent in asking prices predicted in 2013Rise expected despite biggest fall in ten years this monthBut number of new sellers expected to be same as last three years | UPDATED: 00:05 GMT, 17 December 2012 Increase: The average rise next year is expected due to more competition among lenders and a shortage of homes, although big falls are expected over Christmas The beleaguered housing market is set to bounce back next year across England and Wales, according to research. A report by property search website Rightmove predicts an average rise of 2 per cent in sellers’ asking prices in 2013, thanks to increased competition among mortgage lenders and a continued shortage of homes

Can you spot the danger drinker? Volunteers kept drinking diaries so doctors could analyse health risks

Can you spot the danger drinker These brave volunteers kept diaries of a week's drinking so doctors could analyse the health risks. The results were startling | UPDATED: 08:08 GMT, 4 December 2012 Many people believe that because they never get drunk they aren't doing their liver any harm We are among the biggest drinkers in Europe and the Government has announced plans for a minimum price for a unit of alcohol to tackle this