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In other words, simply disabling the copy protection is a federal crime. federal law that was passed during the Clinton administration.
The most recent round of negotiations took place in Mexico in January 2010, and the next is scheduled for April 2010 in New Zealand.For many years, the Internet was the "final frontier," operating largely unregulated — in part because of the jurisdictional nightmare involved in trying to enforce laws when communications crossed not just state lines but also national boundaries. Legislation that affects the use of Internet-connected computers is springing up everywhere at the local, state and federal levels.You might be violating one of them without even knowing.It says, "A person commits an offense if the person knowingly accesses a computer, computer network or computer system without the effective consent of the owner." The penalty grade ranges from misdemeanor to first degree felony (which is the same grade as murder), depending on whether the person obtains benefit, harms or defrauds someone, or alters, damages, or deletes files.The wording of most such laws encompass connecting to a wireless network without explicit permission, even if the Wi-Fi network is unsecured.In this article, we'll take a look at some of the existing laws and some of the pending legislation that can influence how we use our computers and the Internet.
Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice; this is merely an overview of some of the legislation that's out there, how it has been interpreted by the courts (if applicable), and possible implications for computer users.
But in most cases, using any sort of anti-DRM program is illegal. The NET Act made copyright infringement itself a federal criminal offense, regardless of whether you circumvent copy-protection technology and whether you derive any commercial benefit or monetary gain.
This applies to all sorts of copy-protected files, including music, movies, and software. Thus, 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.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) opposes it, as does the Free Software Foundation. Most Americans are aware of the protections afforded by the U. Constitution's fourth amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures.
In general, this means that the government cannot search your person, home, vehicle, or computer without to believe that you've engaged in some criminal act.
A Michigan man was arrested for using a café's Wi-Fi network (which was reserved for customers) from his car in 2007.