According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the MPA has gotten in the habit of using general warrants to search and seize property in the name of its ongoing anti-piracy campaign. The international version of the Motion Picture Association of America, the MPA claims to be using such warrants in Delhi, India, "to search any premises suspected of containing pirated products, and permits officers to open locked premises without delay." Such warrants are actually illegal in the United States: the fourth ammendment exists specifically to combat the kinds of abuse of search warrants practiced by the British before and during the Revolutionary War. Why is it necessary to go through international legal loopholes in order to crackdown on DVD piracy? If anyone can come up with any kind of defense of this, I'd like to hear it.

[via boing boing]