Unsecured wifi might be contributory negligence

Theo Markettos theom+news at chiark.greenend.org.uk
Tue Feb 14 11:42:28 GMT 2012

In article <KsB7ZVDbBVMPFAlV at perry.co.uk> Roland Perry wrote:
> "A federal lawsuit filed in Massachusetts could test the question of 
> whether individuals who leave their wireless networks unsecured can be 
> held liable if someone uses the network to illegally download 
> copyrighted content."

How does this differ from a secured but public network?  Can operators of
coffee shop or hotel lobby wifi networks, which are secured but have a
password obtainable from the desk, be held responsible for traffic that
their users generate?

Are hotels liable for abusive phone calls made by their guests?


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