“Show me the money and you can *maybe* get your films.”

Dear Kuwaiti Customs Officer,

Thank you for working diligently in helping ‘protect’ Kuwait.

Please give the incoming DVD shipments a break.

Give the customers a break. Don’t charge people 200% customs fees on a $30 DVD movie. All you are doing is indirectly impacting trade between the US/Europe and Kuwait and encouraging people to buy pirated copies of DVDs – available on every street corner in Hawally and beyond.

If someone has the decency to abide by copyright laws and purchase films through or other outlets, you should encourage, not discourage that. This is the age of Torrent feeds, of online movie download services, of piracy, you cannot impose intellectual or creative control on Kuwaitis anymore, so might as well just go with the flow. Why store hundreds of DVD shipments in your warehouse? Do you fear that there may be a copy of DEBBIE DOES DALLAS VI in there?

Officer, on a concluding note, please focus your formidable skills on weapons and drug smuggling, money laundering, radioactive material entering Kuwait and working with the Ministry of Information in eradicating piracy, both film and software.

Thank you. If you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go watch my DVD of Cheech and Chong’s UP IN SMOKE.


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