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Jul 6, 2004
Pirated books and CDs strictly Prohibited upon US entry
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This is a letter posted by Thess Q. Sula from the U.S. Commercial Service of the American Embassy in Manila:

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 foreigner 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 their country. If they had been Americans, they could have been subjected 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.

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 Paricia 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 intellectual property rights.

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