Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Canada: Summary Seizure of your Ipod, laptop, camera!

The next time you cross the border into or out of Canada the guards may confiscate your digital devices if you have any content that was:

copied from a DVD or digital video recorder

-- even if the content was copied legally.

The federal government is secretly negotiating an agreement to revamp international copyright laws which 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.

Anyone found with infringing content in their possession would be open to a fine.

They may also have their device confiscated or destroyed, according to the four-page document.

The trade agreement includes "civil enforcement" measures which give security personnel the "authority to order ex parte searches" (without a lawyer present) "and other preliminary measures".

In Canada, border guards already perform random searches of laptops at airports to check for child pornography. ACTA would expand the role of those guards.
Most of the Cds and DVDs that I bought 4 to 10 years ago are now garbage. If I'm lucky I might get a reasonable copy onto my computer with the right ripping software and hardware, but even though this is legal (a personal copy for personal use) I could lose my laptop and get fined for doing it!

Note that the increasingly hostile and idiotic border guard personnel will have discretion in the execution of these laws with no need for a lawyer or a judge to get involved unless you want your laptop back -- SUMMARY SEIZURE.

See the National Post Article

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