Open Wi-Fi 'outlawed' in Digital Economy Bill
Mar 01, 2010, 12:32 (5 Talkback[s])
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"The government will not exempt universities, libraries and
small businesses providing open Wi-Fi services from its Digital
Economy Bill copyright crackdown, according to official advice
released earlier this week.
"This would leave many organisations open to the same penalties
for copyright infringement as individual subscribers, potentially
including disconnection from the internet, leading legal experts to
say it will become impossible for small businesses and the like to
offer Wi-Fi access.
"Lilian Edwards, professor of internet law at Sheffield
University, told ZDNet UK on Thursday that the scenario described
by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in an
explanatory document would effectively "outlaw open Wi-Fi for small
businesses", and would leave libraries and universities in an
""This is going to be a very unfortunate measure for small
businesses, particularly in a recession, many of whom are using
open free Wi-Fi very effectively as a way to get the punters in,"