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Airport to scan laptops for “illegal” downloads

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Thanks to Jeremiah Cornelius who send me the article Airport scans for illegal downloads on iPods, mobile phones and laptops

“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”

In the Netherlands it is perfectly legal to download “illegal” content, but not to upload it. It falls under a copy for personal use, whether you have the original or not. So when I travel my computer has some “illegal” data on it. According to a recent consumer program on Dutch TV since the actual downloading takes place in the Netherlands where it is legal to download the rest of the EU can’t do anything about it.The problem is that they will try to enforce it even when the illegal act took place in a country where it wasn’t illegal.

Another problem is that I can make copies for my personal use in most European companies, I’m not going to bring my collection of movies and music when I travel I want to bring my music. How can they proof that I downloaded it?

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

July 13, 2008 at 8:22 pm

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  1. Old news dude;
    http://techdirt.com/articles/20080710/1531421643.shtml
    http://news.cnet.com

    and

    /Police%20Blotter%20Laptop%20border%20searches%20OKd/2100-1030_3-6098939.html?hhTest=1&tag=nefd.top

    But honestly – do border guards have the TIME to search through everyone’s laptop? Not unless they’re already pretty suspicious about something!
    Me, I’m more worried having my laptop nicked at the airport, than the security guys poking around and finding my ripped copy of Damien Rice!

    seancasaidhe

    July 14, 2008 at 12:01 pm


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