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Courts: Leaving Hotspot Unsecured Not 'Negligence'
Several Courts Have Now Shot Down That Argument
by Karl Bode 09:49AM Thursday Sep 13 2012
Several of the mass copyright lawsuit outfits (like the U.S. Copyright Group) have been claiming for some time now that simply having an open Wi-Fi hotspot is "negligence" and a crime. In short, companies often simply have an IP address to go by when hunting copyright violators, and when they try to sue an individual who points out they had an open Wi-Fi network, the companies rather lazily have tried to argue that simply leaving the network open is criminal negligence. Techdirt notes that the courts have been disagreeing with that argument -- repeatedly. Courts in both New York and California have shot down such efforts, again suggesting that IP address alone is not enough proof of a crime.


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Re: Of course it isn't.

The burden is on me to prove my innocence?