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LinuxWorld: A matter of degrees - Let the punishment fit the crime

Mar 25, 2000, 02:59 (1 Talkback[s])
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"A US attorney general's report, entitled "The Electronic Frontier: The Challenge of Unlawful Conduct on the Internet," repeatedly emphasized a need to treat unlawful conduct online the same as it is treated offline."

"At least two glaring examples of how cyber issues are handled differently than their counterpart issues in the non-Internet world were not included in the report. One of those issues is that car manufacturers, unlike software companies, are held liable for selling products they know are defective. I'd like to address that well known shortcoming in a future column, devoting this one to an issue that's even more important."

"In the first week of March, at about the same time the report was published, news sources reported that a 17-year-old New Hampshire kid, who goes by the online name Coolio, had been detained as a suspect in a hacking case."

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