Your iPod makes you a criminal

Maybe its just because I’m still reading Atlas Shrugged but the whole deal with Hollywood (MPAA) and the music industry (RIAA) buying the United States government to further their corporate needs just scares the crap out of me.

So imagine my surprise when I read this article: Canadian Politicians Negotiate to Join ACTA, Will Criminalize CD Copies, iPods at Border Crossings Basically this is saying that the border patrols between the United States and Canada (and presumably borders between any countries involved in ACTA) have the authority to decide if you have illegal copyrighted material on your computer/MP3 player/mobile phone/USB drives/etc and confiscate and/or destroy the device in question. No proof on their part would be required if the rumors are true.

So have you even heard of this ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement)?  I hadn’t till I read this.  Since then I’ve found that this is being called the Pirate Bay Killer act which goes along with the whole copyright issue.  As stated in the linked article above, when people have tried finding out more about this through the Freedom of Information Act, all they got was the title of the act and everything else was blacked out.  From what little information can be found about this, the governments are being very quiet about this whole deal and the process to create it.

As usual, I encourage people to do their own research and make their own conclusions but this kind of thing honestly scares the shit out of me.  Not because I have anything to fear from it but because of the possibilities of the kinds of violations of rights this kind of act can make possible.  Mix this in with Homeland Security and we may be looking a little more dystopian any day now.

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4 Responses to “Your iPod makes you a criminal”

  1. Rev Matt says:

    Yea, this is some very wrong crap. The problem, of course, is corporations and their lobbyists using their influence to get government to do things that should be none of the government’s business.

    I think any non-commercial infringement of intellectual property rights (e.g. sharing a file on a file service is non-commercial, burning and selling CDs is commercial) should be a civil issue that the government has nothing to do with.

  2. Insomnic says:

    Yeah… this stuff just kinda follows along with all the other stuff RIAA/MPAA gets governments to do.

    I still like that they touted the shutdown of Demonoid as a big win for their cause … and Demonoid is back up and running.

    I think the biggest part of the problem is that instead of changing with the times and realizing that the business of music and movies is changing, the RIAA/MPAA are just digging in their heels and saying “we won’t change for you!” Unfortunately, they have a lot of clout with governments … and so they tend to get their way without public discussion.

  3. jason says:

    It’s all a bunch a crap.

  4. Atlas Shrugged is a great book! Yes, this sort of extortion does scare me. I am an avid collector of both CDs and DVDs (I own originals of all those reviewed on my blog).

    Recently, I quit buying them because they are too expensive. While this is my primary concern, my secondary concern is quality. CD quality is now iPod quality. CDs are manufactured to sound good after being ripped to iPod.

    My attitude with regards to this is my current collection will have to sustain me, and I will make my own music and movies, which I will distribute without any of this cumbersome nonsense.

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