US/Canada Border Guards:Check IPODs, Laptops," Illegal Downloads!"
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
Certainly the Bill Gates and Musicians and Recording Companies of the World must be smiling, as a proposal to allow US/Canada Border Guards search and seizure of your Ipod or Laptop to look for copyright infringements such as software and music amongst other illegal activities you may have on your hard drive, is something even Orwell could not have predicted when Big Brother 1984 was stated nor forseen as Big Brother running Amuk!
Say for instance you're making a "Run for the Border" for that "US Cheap Gas Fillup", and your laptop, Ipod is in the back seat, Hell a CD is playing in your Cardeck for that matter. For sake of arguement that CD is your teens pirated one off download, or perhaps you lend your Timmy or Britney your laptop to do homework and Teens being curious may have downloaded a friends pirated Ipod music, or perhaps viewed terrorist websites, software movie, or heaven forbid Barely Legal PORN, it will certainly be embarrassing for you to explain to the Border Guard during your intensive and thorough cavity search or lying face down on the pavement protesting Loudly "It's Not Mine", It's Not Mine"! As a Customs are impounding virtually everything you brought with you, perhaps even your vehicle.
North American Law states, "Ignorance is no Excuse"- Be Warned, perhaps now we should only bring what we do not care to lose in the event of a Border search and seizure.
Proposal would slap limits on iPods, laptop computersBorder guards could search devices for copied music and moviesVito Pilieci, Canwest News ServicePublished: Saturday, May 24, 2008
OTTAWA -- The federal government is secretly negotiating an agreement to revamp international copyright laws that could make the information on Canadian iPods, laptop computers or other personal electronic devices illegal and greatly increase the difficulty of travelling with such devices.
The deal could also impose strict regulations on Internet service providers, forcing those companies to hand over customer information without a court order.
Called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the new plan would see Canada join other countries, including the United States and members of the European Union, to form an international coalition against copyright infringement.