Pirates may face jail time if searched by Customs

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Music lovers might have their laptops and MP3 players searched by Customs officers at airports and may face a jail sentence if there is a large amount of pirated music is present.

This was revealed after a discussion paper were leaked to the public relating to a treaty that is being negotiated by the Federal Government, and even suggests criminal sanctions for copyright infringements on a commercial scale – meaning that a lot of fans may be hit with jail just for downloading songs of their favourite artists.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith’s office has confirmed that the Government was part of negotiations for an international agreement, but it had not signed nor agreed to it.

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