In Britain the wifi owners are punished for users' sins

The ethics of digital communication are still incredibly strange at times, or what do you think about this case reported by ZDNet UK a few days ago?

Pub 'fined £8k' for Wi-Fi copyright infringement
David Meyer ZDNet UK
Published: 27 Nov 2009 18:03 GMT

A pub owner has been fined £8,000 because someone unlawfully downloaded copyrighted material over their open Wi-Fi hotspot, according to the managing director of hotspot provider The Cloud.
Graham Cove told ZDNet UK on Friday he believes the case to be the first of its kind in the UK. However, he would not identify the pub concerned, because its owner — a pubco that is a client of The Cloud's — had not yet given their permission for the case to be publicised.
Read the rest of the article here.

The ZDNet article via Tietokone (in Finnish).
Pic from
Rolling Prairie Library System "Teaching Internet Ethics to Teens" seminar notice page .

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