MPAA Gets Town To Turn Off Free Muni-WiFi Over Single Unauthorized Movie Download

from the the-internets-must-die dept

Dan alerts us to the news that the free muni-WiFi system used around the Coshocton’s County Courthouse in Northern Ohio was shut down over a complaint by the MPAA over a single unauthorized movie download. Amazingly, rather than admit that perhaps that was going a bit too far in punishing everyone in that town over a single individual's usage, the MPAA couldn't resist the opportunity to complain about the evils of movie piracy again. The MPAA doesn't seem concerned at all about the collateral damage, and just thinks that it's a good opportunity to push ahead with its misguided complaint against file sharing.

Filed Under: copyright, mpaa, muni-wifi, piracy, shut down, wifi
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    Christopher (profile), 11 Nov 2009 @ 6:40am

    Re: I wonder how it was downloaded

    So much wrong with this sentence: "A free service run by taxpayers should be run by professionals who know how to control the system and prevent active illegal filesharing."

    It's not free, the taxpayers paid for it.

    The people running it are professionals, unless they do not draw a salary to run it, which is highly unlikely.

    Preventing active illegal "anything" is as possible as the same preventive measures you take for anything else the taxpayer funded for public use: roads, schools, buildings. Do we shut down roads because a bank robber fled on it? No, you find the bank robber. Do we close schools and board them up because someone gets hurt? No.

    So why does the MPAA get to stop a piece of public infrastructure? Because you let them.

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