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U.K. Government Plans For Policing WiFi Draws Criticism

4:58 pm on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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U.K. Government Plans For Policing WiFi Draws Criticism [news.bbc.co.uk]
Libraries and universities are protesting about plans to make them police users of wireless networks.

The government's Digital Economy Bill includes plans to make them responsible for what is done over free wi-fi.

The plans imply that libraries, universities and cafes offering free wireless will be responsible if people use it to pirate movies and music.

Bodies representing universities want the law clarified so they are not hit with big bills for policing every user.
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People in other countries make fun of dumb ass laws here in the U.S. and how they harm Internet innovation. It would appear, however, that the UK is trying to out stupid us at every turn. This is one really asinine plan that will stifle the free sharing of ideas (and I'm not talking about freely sharing pirated content). UK voters need to stand up to this kind of idiocy.

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