Australian customs to search for illegal music on iPods

September 2008

Internet, technology

If it was April 1st we might have thought this was a clever joke. It isn’t and the following is just a depressing story. In what could prove to be an administrative nightmare, it has been revealed that the Australian government (amongst others) is considering conducting searches of MP3 players as they pass through airports, in order to check for illegally-obtained music. The proposal, which suggests “criminal sanctions for infringement on a commercial sale” was discovered when an Australian Federal Government discussion paper was leaked to the press. CMU Daily reported that the office of Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith confirmed that they were part of negotiations for the international agreement but that they had not agreed or signed up to any aspect of it.

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