Border guards and copyright enforcement

2008-05-29

in Canada, Economics, Law, Music, Politics, Rants, Security

According to Boing Boing, Canadian border guards may soon be in charge of checking iPods and other devices for copyright infringement. If true, the plan is absurd for several reasons. For one, it would be impossible for them to determine whether a DRM-free song on your iPod was legitimately ripped from a CD you own or downloaded from the web. For another, this is a serious misuse of their time. It would be a distraction from decidedly more important tasks, like looking for illegal weapons, and probably a significant irritant to both those being scrutinized and those waiting at border crossings.

Hopefully these rumours of secret plans – also picked up by the Vancouver Sun are simply false.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris May 30, 2008 at 2:27 am

Oh what a waste of time! As if the border guards don’t already feel like mall cops because they’re wasting their time checking cross-border shopping receipts to make sure the jeans you have on aren’t from the Gap… but now they’re going to check my iPod? That’s degrading, insulting (to everyone) and boring waste of time and money.

Litty May 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm

What a batty idea. Border guards really do have dramatically more important things to do…

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