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    Anyone heard about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement?
    OTTAWA - 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.

    Called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the new plan would see Canada join other countries, including the United States and members of the European Union, to form an international coalition against copyright infringement.

    The agreement is being structured much like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) except it will create rules and regulations regarding private copying and copyright laws.

    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.

    It is expected the new agreement will be tabled at July's meeting of G8 nations in Tokyo, Japan.
    The Canadian government is working with organizations like the RIAA to draft something that they call the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Under this agreement, border guards would have the right to sift through your laptop, cell phone, iPod, and anywhere else where you may be storing your digital downloads. The customs officials, if they found something shady, would then be able to seize your iPod and levy a fine upon entry to the country.
    “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” - Dalai Lama (Seattle Times, 05-15-2001).

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    Re: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement ?

    Originally posted by Quiet View Post
    Similar legislation here in the US.

    You tend to wonder about the timing of this and other CBP policy changes. I'm not one for the man on the grassy knoll, black helicopters, and or cow mulitiations but it does make you think.

    Just because you can doesn't mean you should. This applies to making babies, hacking, and youtube videos.