First they came .. Pub fined £8,000 for customer’s illicit downloads over it’s open hotspot …

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It seems that a Pub is fined £8,000 for customer’s illicit downloads over it’s open hotspot

A legal expert told ZDNet that if the Digital Economy bill, proposed by the government last week, passes in its present form then the problem for hotspot providers could get worse, because under its rules the owner of the copyrighted material would simply target the internet address of the hotspot and look no further. In this case, that would be the pub.

THIS is why the new digital media bill in the UK is silly and old media has no friends(except Mandelson! See UK file sharers to be ‘cut off’ – Should we cut off repeat non payers of water bills from their water supply and drinking water as well?

But seriously .. That’s why I oppose such lunatic regulation like the Three strikes bill ..

The principle is the same as the poem First they came .. by Martin Niemöller

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out–because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out–because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Worth thinking about ..

Image:Martin Niemöller – source wikipedia