Free WiFi providers, such as shops and hotels, not liable for illegal downloading

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#1

We’ve just posted the following news: Free WiFi providers, such as shops and hotels, not liable for illegal downloading[newsimage]http://www.myce.com/wp-content/images_posts/2011/01/online_piracy.jpg[/newsimage]

Providers of free WiFi, like shop, bar and hotel owners, are not liable when users download or upload copyrighted content through their network, according to Advocate General Maciej Szpunar from the European Court of Justice.

            Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/free-wifi-providers-such-as-shops-and-hotels-not-liable-for-illegal-downloading-78873/](http://www.myce.com/news/free-wifi-providers-such-as-shops-and-hotels-not-liable-for-illegal-downloading-78873/)

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#2

By restricting access to lawful communications, the measure would also entail a restriction on freedom of expression and information. More generally, any general obligation to make access to a Wi-Fi network secure, as a means of protecting copyright on the Internet, could be a disadvantage for society as a whole and one that could outweigh the potential benefits for rightholders.

I think it would be a great disadvantage for society as a whole. Only a few convictions and none would provide free Wi-Fi anymore and a major set-back for the all-connected world would be the result as I see it.


#3

Whoever made this an issue needs to be slapped for their stupidity.


#4

[QUOTE=UTR;2770249]Whoever made this an issue needs to be slapped for their stupidity.[/QUOTE]
Then I suggest a trip to Berlin, where you can slap the government in Germany :iagree:


#5

[QUOTE=UTR;2770249]Whoever made this an issue needs to be slapped for their stupidity.[/QUOTE]From the sounds of it, that would be Sony, since it was Sony’s music that was allegedly downloaded. So, feel free to slap the heck out of Sony executives. Just don’t blame me if you get caught. Unlike Donald Trump, I don’t have the money to pay anyone’s legal fees (not that Trump has been paying anyone’s fees, but he could if he wanted to).