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So You Think You're Law Abiding?


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Just how much you can (and can't) do with your computer

 

From here

 

http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=356

 

1: Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

 

"in most cases, using any sort of anti-DRM program is illegal.!"

 

2: No Electronic Theft (NET) Act

 

"just making a copy of a copyrighted work for a friend now makes you subject to up to five years in prison and/or up to $250,000 in fines."

 

3: Court rulings regarding border searches

 

"even though you’ve done nothing illegal and are not even suspected of such, the entire contents of your portable computer, PDA, or smart phone can be accessed by government agents when you enter the United States"

 

4: State laws regarding access to networks

 

"A Michigan man was arrested for using a café’s wi-fi network (which was reserved for customers) from his car in 2007. Similar arrests have been made in Florida, Illinois, Washington, and Alaska."

 

5: “Tools of a crime” laws

 

"Several years ago, a California sheriff’s deputy made the news when he declared “Pringles can antennas” illegal "

 

6: “Cyberstalking” laws

 

"how about the furious e-mail letter you sent to the company that refused to refund your money for the shoddy product you bought?"

 

7: Internet Gambling laws

 

"a Washington law passed in 2006 makes gambling on the Internet a felony."

 

8: Security Breach Disclosure laws

 

"A California law passed in 2003 requires that any company that does business in California must notify their California customers if they discover or suspect that nonencrypted data has been accessed without authorization."

 

9: Community Broadband Act of 2007

 

"it could (depending on how it’s funded) cause tax increases for those who live in those municipalities, including those who don’t use the public networks."

 

10: Pro IP Act

 

"It creates a new position of “copyright enforcement czar” in the federal bureaucracy and gives law enforcement agents the right to seize property from copyright infringers."

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4: State laws regarding access to networks

 

"A Michigan man was arrested for using a café's wi-fi network (which was reserved for customers) from his car in 2007. Similar arrests have been made in Florida, Illinois, Washington, and Alaska."

So if you're sitting in your car in a parking lot, how would you know that the wi-fi network is reserved for customers only?

 

Wouldn't you think that the cafe would have some type of encription so that you'd have to get the current information from within the cafe to access the network?

 

Sounds like a waste of law enforcement resources to me.

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I think whether something is enforcable, or worth enforcing, is a factor ... call it the reality factor.

 

I mentioned to someone I'd taken a book to Kinko's and copied it, and he asked, "Isn't that illegal?" I answered, "If the book is 50 years out of print, and the Seattle Public Library had to fish it up out of Anchorage, Alaska - no."

 

Lynn

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Not necessarily Lynn. Copyright can be extended under law.

 

A case for example: Disney Studios are figthing tooth and nail to get the copyright on 'Peter Pan' lifted. What happened there was that J.M. Barrie left the copyright in his will to great Ormonde Street Children's Hospital and (quite recently) the copyright was due to expire. However, the Brit Govt stepped in and made the copyright on that work 'in perpetuity' so all productions of Peter Pan, etc are supposed to pay the kid's hospital - Disney doesn't like this so they are petitioning the US Supreme Court to have it removed.

 

Great people - profit before kids' medical treatment

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