If proposals secretly being negotiated by the Canadian, US and European Union governments come to pass, Border Patrol guards will soon be responsible for not just checking for bombs and drugs, but also illegally copied mp3s, movies and other “intellectual property”:
The deal would create an 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.
The agreement also proposes that any content that may have been copied from a DVD or digital video recorder would be open for scrutiny by officials — even if the content was copied legally.
You’d think with terrorists perpetually waiting in the wings to reign radioactive havoc upon our cities that Border Police would have much more important things to worry about than whether or not your copy of Surrogate’s Love is for the Rich was purchased legitimately or done stoled from Limewire or wherever, but you’re RONG!1 Internet piracy is SERIOUS FUCKING BUSINESS!