Will secret copyright treaty restrict your digital rights?
Nov 22, 2009, 08:03 (6 Talkback[s])
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"What has been leaked is disturbing. Some reports state that
customs officials at international borders would be empowered to
search the contents of your laptop, cell phone, and iPod under the
pretense that they're looking for ripped or downloaded music and
videos, with confiscation of your devices as a potential penalty.
Others state that Internet providers would be required to look
through the data traveling over their networks for illegal
transmission of copyrighted material. Various officials have denied
both claims as being part of outdated drafts of the
treaty—but obviously, without access to the text of the
treaty and with no news of the negotiations, there’s no way
to confirm any of this without waiting for a fait accompli