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No Open WiFi For You

May 13, 2010 6:54:27.577

This sounds pretty extreme to me:

Germany's top criminal court ruled Wednesday that Internet users need to secure their private wireless connections by password to prevent unauthorized people from using their Web access to illegally download data.

I know that I've used open WiFi while traveling before - it's a simple way to share a connection. The penalties sound ridiculous - over $100 "if a third party takes advantage of their unprotected WLAN connection to illegally download music or other files"

So... the German equivalents of the RIAA and MPAA have managed to make life more difficult for normal people. As they usually do.

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posted by James Robertson

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