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Why Are We Wasting Resources and Time With Crap Like This?

The Vancouver Sun ran an article about new legislation that looks to strengthen copyright laws and provide new enforcement techniques.

“The deal would create a international regulator that could turn border guards and other public security personnel into copyright police. The security officials would be charged with checking laptops, iPods and even cellular phones for content that “infringes” on copyright laws, such as ripped CDs and movies.

The guards would also be responsible for determining what is infringing content and what is not.”

Seriously, WTF?

This legislation is completely ridiculous and isn’t the least bit feasible. Not only would this create longer security lines at airports and border crossings, but it puts way too much control into security’s hands. Determining what is legal material on an iPod is a big job, how are people supposed to prove which songs/albums were legally acquired and what is pirated. Not only that but snooping through iPods, laptop computers and cellphones to determine this type of information is a huge infringement on privacy.

By no means am I condoning piracy, but I would not want some Joe Shmoe security guard snooping through my iPod, or my laptop and I am willing to bet most people feel the same way.

This is yet another example of pressure from the United States as well as groups like the RIAA on Canadian law that is a complete waste of government resources. I hope that the government realizes how absurd this new legislation is before I comes to fruition.

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One Response to “Why Are We Wasting Resources and Time With Crap Like This?”

  1. This whole border copyright patrol thing that has come up recently is absolutely ridiculous. The Canadian government obviously forgot about this study and the resulting policy change from last November. Canada better not let the recording industry push them around when they already know the waste of resources that comes with chasing pirates.


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