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Up until now, the breach of copyright has been a civil matter. The Obama administration seems to now want to criminalize it.
One of the things the treaty is said to be aimed at is peer-to-peer sharing, meaning passing on software from one user to another. But what it would do on a larger scale is let Big Brother watch you, this time on a completely different level.
Leaks of the text suggest that border guards will get unprecedented powers to search travelers without warning.
They will be able to go through, copy and confiscate any digital material people have on their laptop. This means music, movies, and games as well as any other personal material.
Originally posted by mikerussellus
reply to post by nixie_nox
To be serious for a second, what does it matter what the source was.
I have more doubts when something comes from MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, ad nauseum.
When the MSM won't produce a story because it goes against their "fearless leader" it doesn't mean it's not news.
Don't knock the source, discuss the story!
There’s been speculation for months concerning the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. If ratified, many suggest it would criminalize peer-to-peer file sharing, subject iPods to border searches and allow internet service providers to monitor their customers’ communications.
authority for customs to initiate such suspension ex officio (on their own initiative, without a request from the rights holder);