Apparently airports should have more rights than us

by Bryn Youngblut on July 10, 2008

Like this article for instance, instead of rewriting it and wasting time I don’t have right now I am simply cutting out the juicy parts and putting them togethor in this post, which ultimately saves you time instead of reading a boring article. But hey at least I post the source. Now of course I don’t think illegal downloading is a good thing, but we all do it whether we know it or not. I don’t like the idea that perhaps one day they will stop making movies or music but I don’t think it will ever get to that, surprisingly a lot of people actually buy songs on itunes. What does bother me is when the G8 governments think that airports should have scans in place to check our digital devices for illegal downloads. Invasion of privacy much?


IPods, mobile phones and laptops could be examined by airport customs officials for illegal downloads under strict new counterfeiting measures being considered by G8 governments this week, it is claimed.

The measures form part of an international agreement aimed at stamping out piracy, but there are fears that individuals who have illegally downloaded songs or video clips on to MP3 players and phones for personal use could also be caught out.

Recent research by the British Music Rights group found that the average teenager and student has 800 illegal downloads on their MP3 player. The suggestion that the new laws could be used by customs to scan MP3 players, mobiles and laptops for illegal downloads is just one of a number of potential measures that is causing concern in the technology world, leading to fevered debate about the implications on a number of websites.

Another is that mobile phone companies could contact their customers to warn them off sharing video clips. However, a source representing record labels said the practice of checking iPods and phones was unworkable.


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