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The foolishness has started.

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A pub owner in the U.K. has been fined £8,000 (about $13,183) because someone unlawfully downloaded copyrighted material over its open Wi-Fi hotspot, according to the managing director of hotspot provider The Cloud.


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Thats why most are passworded. but they are still free... you just have to sign a disclaimer...
 

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everybody become lawyers and paralegals! its where the money is at and theres going to be more!!!
 

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in the eyes of the law if the broadband connection account is under your name, and someone, even if it's not you downloads copyrighted files, and gets busted you take the fall, unless you can honestly prove it wasn't you, like your Wi-fi was illegally accessed

in this case the owner has allowed others to share his internet connection, and thus takes the fall

imo it's not fair but thats what the law is on about, your supposed to be responsible for who uses your internet connection, and for what purpose
 

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Even though the fine is really high, think about it well:

The guy isn't paying for the Wi-Fi, and then he illegally downloads Copyrighted items.
 

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i've heard horror stories about people put in jail because someone downloaded child pornography on their wireless.
 

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in the eyes of the law if the broadband connection account is under your name, and someone, even if it's not you downloads copyrighted files, and gets busted you take the fall, unless you can honestly prove it wasn't you, like your Wi-fi was illegally accessed

in this case the owner has allowed others to share his internet connection, and thus takes the fall

imo it's not fair but thats what the law is on about, your supposed to be responsible for who uses your internet connection, and for what purpose

That's like saying Home Depot is responsible if someone gets shot in their parking lot.
 

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Well, if Mandy gets his way the pub would be cut off from the internet after 3 warnings too.
The innocent always suffer

Just because he offers a valuable service to customers he gets punished!
 

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That's like saying Home Depot is responsible if someone gets shot in their parking lot.
^^ This!
 

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That's like saying Home Depot is responsible if someone gets shot in their parking lot.
low low prices will drive some people to murder.
 

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i dont think saying sorry would help would it ? i need to somehow get online for my addiction
... personaly theres too many fools around that just dont secure there wireless, but in reality, most people dont even know there broadcasting there wireless, theres about 3 open wireless networks around my area, and 1 of them is a buisness network, and this is just straight from my home, uk sucks at stuf like this and even if there warned they wont do anything about it
 

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If you are a women, marry a lawyer and just sue everyone. EVERYONE
 

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That's like saying Home Depot is responsible if someone gets shot in their parking lot.

Apparently Walmart was blamed for the high rate of muggings in its parking lots.
 

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Apparently Walmart was blamed for the high rate of muggings in its parking lots.

It also gets blamed for people being injuries during Black Friday. In some ways they should be blamed for that because they didn't take enough security measures.

Being blamed for giving out free wifi is stupid. Your doing a service that makes people feel a little more comfortable in your pub. What would be the appropriate security measures for such a thing if you wish to give it out? Make them click a box saying that if anything goes wrong it's all their fault? Or force them into using a password? Somehow I'm doubting any of the above methods are going to help you when someone decides to sue you for copyright infringement.
 

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everybody become lawyers and paralegals! its where the money is at and theres going to be more!!!

Actually what this is going to have the effect of doing is curtailing wi-fi, and ultimately an attack on the net itself, which is the whole point.
 
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