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Have customs ever confiscated pirated software or piracy-related tools from you?

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by leafeon34, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. leafeon34
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    leafeon34 意地悪な男の人

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    When you've bought a new flash cart or payload injector online have your country's customs ever confiscated it from you? When traveling overseas and you're bringing your laptop full of pirated software, or you have some pirated DVDs with you have customs ever confiscated them or asked you to delete certain files? Neither of these have ever happened to me, but I've never bought a commercial quantity of goods online or brought a commercial quantity of goods with me.

    I think that for customs their top priority is weapons and explosives because if either of the two get past them they will be blamed for the shitstorm that follows. Then they need to worry about drugs, pests (insects, diseases, etc.) and child pornography. After that they need to deal with commercial quantities of goods (cigarettes, DRM circumventing devices, jewellery). Some guy bringing in a bit of warez for personal use just isn't worth their time. They've never checked my laptop and unless they suspect I have something very illegal on it they wont bother.
     
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  2. Shadow#1

    Shadow#1 Wii & 3DS Softmod Expert

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    Um ok?
     
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  3. DBlaze

    DBlaze I don't know what i'm doing.

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    I really don't think customs are ever going to check, nor have the time to check, what's on your harddrive unless you're registered on interpol or whatever.
    My laptop and 3DS, back in the day NDS, have never been checked for anything even though there's clearly a flashcard in the thing.

    They don't have the time to care about it.
     
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  4. Brigand

    Brigand Advanced Member

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    Customs deal with things that put a risk to people's lives or a country's well-being, not some 10 year-old's collection of pokemans roms.
     
  5. osm70

    osm70 GBAtemp Maniac

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    No one has ever cared about my flashcard. They cared about my MacBook, though. Not because of pirated things, but because they thought I stole it. Because there's no way someone from the Czech Republic could afford an Apple product, right?

    I had to turn it on and show them that iCloud account it's logged on to is registered under my name.
     
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    Milenko GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    tell your girlfriend you make too many threads
     
  7. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    I have never heard of customs bothering an individual for such things, be it by post or when crossing in person, bar them occasionally inventing an import duty of some form but you expect that for anything. Several shops when ordering a crate of the things but never individuals.
     
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  8. leafeon34
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    leafeon34 意地悪な男の人

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    That must have been a tense few minutes. What exactly did they say when they wanted to check if it’s yours or not?
     
  9. osm70

    osm70 GBAtemp Maniac

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    ¨They took the laptop and gave the rest of my stuff back. I asked why they took it and they told me to start it and show the iCloud account. I did that and they gave it back. That's pretty much it.
     
  10. fiis

    fiis GBAtemp Regular

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    Way back when I traveled to europe and bought a bunch of pirated stuff, anti virus, office, windows, movies, music. No one said at thing upon my return.
     
  11. ELY_M

    ELY_M GBAtemp Regular

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    never because I made sure to buy from same country.
     
  12. Shadow#1

    Shadow#1 Wii & 3DS Softmod Expert

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    LOL and pay local markup
     
  13. chrisrlink

    chrisrlink Intel Pentium III Hamster inside

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    inside your crappy old PC
    though i doubt this will happen i can name one countries/customs department that might sooner or later Japan it seems a possible move seeing their newest amendment targets cheaters (so much that you could be incarcerated for up to five years for god's sake) I rather go to the philipines and facev their insane preseident than to be locked up for x955 rare candies and master balls on let's go
     
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