Border Guards to search iPod’s

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Copyright deal could toughen rules governing info on iPods, computers

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.

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.

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.

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I don’t like this! Also can someone please tell me how the guards, some of whom can’t tell a sneeze from a wet fart let alone and iPod from a Zune, are going to tell what is infringing on copyright from stuff that I have currently, while it’s legal, ripped from a CD or downloaded in a legal non DRM’d ( read MP3 via eMusic) song!