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Sunday, 28 February 2010

Digibill in a hot spot

How will copyright infringement via wi-fi be handled under the Digital Economy Act? This factsheet says wi-fi providers could either fall under the Act's 'ISP' or 'subscriber' definition – each establishment has to work out which it is for itself! Most wi-fi providers would be subscribers, so could find themselves receiving letters from their ISPs. The factsheet acknowledges that it will be hard for wi-fi providers to prevent all infringement but that does not let them off the hook. They should try to put people off, employing various psychological and technological methods. Those who baulk at the idea of internet filtering may soon find it being employed on their trains and in their coffee shops...

Further comment here on ZDnet.

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