Why Should Customs Officers Be Determining What Counts As A Copyright Circumvention Device?
from the border-patrol dept
But a bigger issue is the same one at the heart of the debate over whether or not customs officials should have the right to search your laptop at the border. If the point of border patrol/customs is to prevent bad things from getting into the country, it's pretty ridiculous to try to prevent software at the border, because that software has already totally crossed over the border via the still mostly borderless internet. So this whole thing seems like a charade to look for more ways to take away basic privacy rights in favor of an entertainment industry that is so afraid someone might infringe that it doesn't realize trying to stop circumvention at the border won't do anything other than cause serious hassles for legitimate travelers.