Thursday, August 12, 2004

Go Pirate Some Brains

Subject: Travel Advisory to the US from the Philippines

Subject: Travel Advisory to the US from the Philippines

(A forwarded message from Robert Kelemen: US embassy warden, Manila)

Please be informed of the recent travel advisory to the United States.
However, not only pirated VCD/DVD are on the hot list. Please be informed
that the American Association of Publishers (AAP) has also alerted the
American customs officers to check out for pirated books. This information
was given to me by Patricia Judd of the AAP. Please warn all nursing
graduates who plans to take the NCLEX and CGF exams in the states not to
bring in these pirated books because there will be a penalty of automatic
deportation as violation of intelectual property rights.

If you know anyone going from the Philippines and coming back to the USA
with "pasalubong and padalas", please read this important enclosed
advisory from the American Embassy in Manila. Please share with your

Travel advisory to the US Just a friendly reminder: if you have plans of
going to the U.S., please take precautionary measures on all "padalas"
especially those containing fake/pirated compact discs/DVDs. US Embassy
employees have been given an advisory that "as US Gov't employees, we
should abide by the U.S. laws,including Intellectual Property Rights
(anti-piracy) laws.

As an additional incentive,the Consular Section recently received a
report that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) searched the bag
of a Filipino entering the U.S. on NW 72 in Detroit. During the search,
70-80 compact discs, 30-40 empty DVD jackets and 10-20 DVDs were found.
Since the travelers were not American Citizens, their visas were canceled
and they returned to the Philippines. If they had been Americans, they
could have been subject to arrest and criminal prosecution in addition to
civil fines and penalties."

Please remember even ONE pirated item can jeopardize your trip. Also,
the fingerprinting system has successfully been instituted in all port of
entries. I suggest you bring extra identification cards in addition to your
passport to faciliate your entry in the US Immigration. I hope this is
helpful to you.

Thanks and regards.

Thess Q. Sula
U.S. Commercial Service
American Embassy Manila

Has anyone ever seen what a pirated book looks like?
Ano yun, sineroks at naka-fastener sa folder?

Isn't the whole point of piracy being able to hawk stuff
at 1/10th the price of the Real McCoy?

Pirating ebooks is a walk in the park -- afterall, any copy is as good as the original and you don't have to deal with hard and expensive physical atoms but only with very digital and very free ones and zeroes.

Pirating a deadtree edition of Idiot's Guide to Reading Chicken Soup for The Soul, however, is an entirely different matter altogether. It means going through all the trouble of breaking into the printing press of O Reilly's, stealing the printing plates,
buying paper, buying ink, and then actually printing the darn books.
Any idiot would see that that would make the pirated book cost just as much as the original.

I don't see the point.