Customs and Border Patrol Officers Warn to Not Have Copyrighted Media on Computer Laptop
FlyerTalk member caviarwire recently returned to the United States, and she says that a “CBP officer gave me a stern warning that my laptop shouldn’t have ripped DVD/Blu-ray”.
All caviarwire wanted to do was watch movies to pass the time and be entertained while traveling, which initially would seem to be a reasonable and harmless activity. The potential problem is that instead of carrying the original discs with her and inserting them into her laptop computer, she instead copied them onto its hard disk drive.
Several debates ultimately ensued, including but not limited to:
- Whether or not an individual has the right to copy a movie or other form of media, purchased via legal means, onto the hard disk drive of a laptop computer or other personal device, and
- Is it within the purview and jurisdiction of United States Customs and Border Patrol officers to enforce and sternly warn passengers about alleged violations of federal copyright laws?