Free WiFi hotspots and the law

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How does the local coffee shop avoid legal trouble when one if its
customers surfs for child porn or uploads copyrighted materials?

Re: Free WiFi hotspots and the law
  On 9/26/2010 6:01 PM, Hairy Harrison wrote:
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I would be more concerned about someone actually asking this question.  
Is there a reason for it?  Just wondering is all.



Re: Free WiFi hotspots and the law
Steve Smith wrote:
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If I was thinking about operating a free/paid Wifi
hotspot, that was one of the first questions I would
like to get answered.

Wim

Re: Free WiFi hotspots and the law
$e4fe514c@news.xs4all.nl:

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one if its
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materials?
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this question.  
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You see the problem is most on this group are either paranoid
nutcases, netcops or smartasses, or anal-retentive jerks.

If you're running a phone company do you ask what you should
do if organized crime uses one of your telephones to
communicate?

You're not responsible for what other people do just because
your offering a connection to the net. There is so much
illegal crap going on on wifi that unless they catch some guy
masturbating to kiddie porn on your front porch I doubt
you're going to have a problem. Just use a user agreement pre
connection screen if you're so worried.

Re: Free WiFi hotspots and the law
* daprob wrote in alt.internet.wireless:

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If someone uses your gun to commit a crime should you be worried?

--
David

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    The phone company is a common carrier and is legally required to
take on anybody who can pay for it. (Admittedly an over simplification
but for these purposes useful). They are expressly forbidden by statute
to know what is on their networks, except for what they need for billing
purposes. Last I heard ISPs, etc., are not common carriers.

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"Even I realized that money was to politicians what the ecalyptus tree is to
koala bears: food, water, shelter and something to crap on."
 ---PJ O'Rourke

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Oh yes, depending on the circumstances. If someone steals your
legally-registered weapon, and you report that theft, then no. If you've
lent your gun to someone, you should be very worried.
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Next year in Sarajevo ...

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