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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Open Wi-Fi is Beyond the Law in UK?

Open Wi-Fi is Beyond the Law in UK?

Open Wi-Fi is Beyond the Law in UK?

Added: Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The UK government suggests churches, libraries, local pubs, universities, cafes, and community halls to be liable for the cases of infringement if those would happen on their networks, which means disconnection. But it assures that the right to appeal and combination of blocking technologies mean it’ll be just fine.


That’s really a kind of shock to watch how eager the UK government is to please movie studios and record labels. It even has published a summary of the proposal for making sure there won’t be any open Wi-Fi “loophole”, which could be used as a safe haven for copyright infringement.

The author of this fact sheet, Lord Young from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, details in his work how the government can make sure that open Wi-Fi networks at churches, libraries, cafes, local pubs, universities and community halls won’t become such loopholes for illegal file-sharing in the “three-strikes” age as the Digital Economy Bill proposes.

He offers the measures all establishments should take in order to tackle infringement. Internet Service Providers should be formally required to provide a great deal of advice, help and information on how to protect a wireless connection and tackle infringement.

Young also notifies each establishment providing Wi-Fi that it’ll need to secure its network and then the independent appeals body is going to make sure the innocent won’t be unfairly targeted.

He offers two options for those establishments who will find themselves on the infringers list: pursue their case in court or take it to the independent body in order to be removed from the list.

In other words, the author assures the public that the government will always make the right decision on disconnecting open Wi-Fi providers. But what if for some reason it’ll be a library losing its appeal? Would the government really cut it off the Internet? You can guess that it won’t be any good even in the name of protecting copyright holders.

Thanks god, the local pubs and cafes are not under the pressure yet because of the slow connection, but some businesses like hotels face the problem of worrying about providing their customers Internet service. It starts to make less and less sense so far. This last suggestion to lock down the free access to Internet in a free society just proves the fact the government cares little about rational approaches to piracy.

March 4th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-03-04 09:47:31)
expendable avatarquite the turn around from what gordon brown said a few days ago

posted by (2010-03-04 12:49:30)
Stayingtrue avatarok really who goes to church to download P2P files and such kinda defeats the purpose, total agree with post #1 polticians for ever going back on what they say. thanks for the article.

posted by Blocked (2010-03-04 13:52:52)
godchaser avatarseriously I can't imagine going anywhere other than home to download anything. How long would you have to sit in a church, library or pub in order for that file to finish downloading! Figure I usually have to leave my PC on and go to bed before a file is finished! I'll say it again Gordon Brown is a dickhead!

posted by (2010-03-04 21:15:31)
kingtiger01 avatarOk when are people in the UK going to realise, the UK is formally known for 'The Eastern India Trading Company', Theyve ALWAYS been more interested in the company's in the country, and how to line there OWN pockets. as have been seen SEVERAL times before.

i dont claim the rest of the world is any better, but the UK is very public about it rather.

posted by Site Friend (2010-03-05 00:50:21)
karakurachow avatarGood aritcle.TY m8 :)

posted by ET junkie (2010-03-05 04:30:47)
daveindanorth avatarRemember that when the governments piss off 75% of the population to the breaking point, there will be no turning back. I see the second "French" revolution coming, very soon.

posted by (2010-03-05 09:30:34)
Farquardt avatarI almost always take my netbook to Sunday services. I can safely download my BDSM porn without fear. And I usually download some kiddie porn during Mass to keep the priest happy.

posted by ET junkieET loverSupermanmen (2010-03-05 14:33:57)
serenity21 avatarwe here in the UK need something done to come inline with rest of the world for our Download speeds it's Terible i am on Virgin Media and i only get 100.0mps

posted by (2010-03-07 06:39:40)
Boomer avatarIs that Virgin Media on wi-fi, or at home and can you get more speed with a different plan from that company?

posted by (2010-03-07 06:44:30)
Boomer avatarSo far I haven't heard anything about restricting wi-fi in America, but I hope
they don't try it because I love to use those connections when I travel. Back
a few years ago I used public wi-fi from Linksys to download files, but I did
it at night and watched the speed closely and kept it low. The provider never
knew, but I'm grateful to them for it.

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