The latest argument over the UK government’s Digital Economy Bill focuses on its impact on open Wi-Fi networks – for example those offered by universities, libraries, small businesses and pubs/cafes. Effectively, if they remain open, they’ll be liable for copyright infringement penalties if anyone uses them for illegal downloads and is detected. “This is going to be a very unfortunate measure for small businesses, particularly in a recession, many of whom are using open free Wi-Fi very effectively as a way to get the punters in,” says Sheffield University internet law professor Lilian Edwards. Source: ZDNET
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