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[TD] Brazilian Telecom Authority Claims Sharing WiFi Is A Criminal Offense

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Marcos points us to a story coming out of Brazil, where a guy who had an internet connection with WiFi, and agreed to share that connection with two neighbors is now facing two to four years in jail (Google translation of the original).

http://www.techdirt.com/blog/wireless/articles/20110203/05114112948/
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Poor guy, *** is wrong with Brazilians?
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That's just wrong.
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funny brazilians and their stupid laws
post #5 of 33
So would it also be illegal to have an unencrypted wifi?
post #6 of 33
well, to provide this kind of service (ISP) you need the right licenses, so from some people perspective in this case these guys were doing it without having the licenses, one contracted an internet service and distributed to his neighbors for a payment (basically they were sharing the cost, but using it in different addresses)...
but this is so common that this cases seems quite weird, anyway, I don't know how its going to end, but I'm quite sure no one will spend any second in jail because of that,

the worst part is that how the telecommunications agency was informed and bothered about something like that...
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Originally Posted by HMBR;12269933 
well, to provide this kind of service (ISP) you need the right licenses, so from some people perspective in this case these guys were doing it without having the licenses, one contracted an internet service and distributed to his neighbors for a payment (basically they were sharing the cost, but using it in different addresses)...
but this is so common that this cases seems quite weird, anyway, I don't know how its going to end, but I'm quite sure no one will spend any second in jail because of that,

the worst part is that how the telecommunications agency was informed and bothered about something like that...

o please, i work for an ISP and that line is just BS....people can share there wifi if they want.

i know of customers who live next to family members and they share it, it's not criminal and it doesn't and should never require any special license....
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Originally Posted by Tunapiano;12270118 
o please, i work for an ISP and that line is just BS....people can share there wifi if they want.

i know of customers who live next to family members and they share it, it's not criminal and it doesn't and should never require any special license....

I agree, but their claim is simple, by sharing (outside his property limits) and charging for that, he is acting like an ISP but without the proper licenses to do it,
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So, the charge is "criminal interference with a business model"?

Why are the comment sections always more entertaining than the stories.
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post #10 of 33
Poor guy, stupid foreign governments who always screw with their kind citizens.
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