6 thoughts on “Arrested for Broadband Theft”

  1. There’s got to be more to it than this. Bet he was having a fiddle…

  2. I think I’ve got a picture from 3 or 4 years ago of a business guy sitting outside a Starbucks in Bangkok, on the steps late at night, trying to get a signal. It seemed like the start of something new then.

  3. Isn’t the problem of people not knowing enough about computer security and thus leaving their digital pants round their ankles something that should primarily be addressed by smarter default device configurations and user education?

  4. There are some great quotes from that BBC article:

    “But casual and occasional use while travelling is a bit like reading your book from the light coming out from someone’s window. It’s like eating someone’s leftovers.”

    “In the olden days people had norms about whether you were able to pick apples from someone else’s tree. Perhaps it’s OK if the branches hang over the road, but not from inside their garden. You have generally shared expectations.”

    “It is like watching someone else’s firework display.”

    All of which, I think, goes to show how absurd the legal mechanism often is when used improperly (including and especially DRM and patent law) and how some kind of ‘common sense’ in the sense of shared understanding of what laws are for, not just whether they are held to by the letter or not, is important.

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