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Big Brother is alive and kicking in the Great White North. According to The Vancouver Sun, the Canadian government is preparing to revamp its copyright laws in regard to portable electronics, including laptops and iPods, as it forges an alliance with the U.S. and the European Union called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). ACTA would essentially turn international borders into a copyright Gestapo, compelling border guards to check "laptops, iPods and even cellular phones for content that 'infringes' on copyright laws, such as ripped CDs and movies."
You ripped a DVD legally (say, using one of those digital download editions now included on some discs)? Doesn't matter. Guards can seize your iPod and even destroy it if they deem you've broken the law. Then you will be fined. Canada already performs random searches of laptops to search for child pornography. The new rules would step up these searches considerably.
Originally posted by bodrul
reply to post by lost in the midwest
that would still be iliagl getting it off a friend as hes distributing it to someone else
they cant unless they check the base of the mp3
each time a file is transferd through diffrent hosts it picks up a certain code of that host.
Originally posted by Karlhungis
I have read this many times now but I still haven't seen how they plan on determining what is a legal mp3 and what is illegal. The way it is written, it sounds like any MP3 that isn't purchased from iTunes or something similar would be illegal. I just don't see how they expect to enforce this.