Piracy at the Airport

22 07 2008

I am always listening to music. My ipod travels with me everywhere I go. I take public transportation to work, and then walk from there, so it is not unusual to see me with my headphones on. As a result, I have a ton of music and other such essentials on my ipod. It actually isn’t limited to music, I’ve had audiobooks, movies, even old episodes of ER on my ipod at any given time. But I travel often too, either for work, vacation, or just to visit the homefront and see my family. I’m always dragging my laptop, cell phone and ipod in and out of airports. In a recent article published in The Telegraph, as a part of G8 agreements in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, airports are going to begin scanning laptops, mp3 players and ipods, and cell phones for illegal downloads. This is aimed at “how to deal with large-scale intellectual property infringements,” but there is concern that individuals who have illegally downloaded music strictly for personal use will be caught as well.

This is a concern directly from the article, but I am not sure that, at least to me, it was explained well enough. I understand that they are doing this in order to catch “large scale infringements” but the way this article approached it, it sounded like, well, we know that illegal downloading happens, and we can’t stop that, so we are just after the big guns. Actually, come to think of it, probably what the concern is is that so many people have downloaded something illegally, they they don’t want to have to pull every person out of line as they are screened. It’s also a customs issue with international travel. I thought this entire concept was interesting. Most of my music is bought and paid for through Itunes, so maybe I have a different concept of what this all means, but it seems to me that this is another way to make the security lines at the airport even longer….

Check out the rest of the article here.





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