Open WiFi doesn’t make you responsible for your neighbors

Well, what do you know?

A Federal judge in Illinois has once again rebuffed a copyright troll’s request for easy court orders to allow him to connect IP addresses with people.

So, as you’ll recall, Time Warner Cable allows the MPAA to spy on you and block your internet signal even if you’re not the one infringing copyright. THEN, they instruct their employees to lie to you and tell you the Supreme Court has ruled that you’re responsible for anyone on your wifi network.

In light of a SWAT team breaking into a man’s house simply because he had open wifi and his neighbor was using the network for illicit purposes, it’s difficult to explain to the general public that open wifi is a good thing. God bless the EFF for trying:

When people turn on WEP or WPA encryption for their networks deliberately, there are two common reasons: a desire to prevent their neighbors from “free riding” on their connections; and a fear that unencrypted WiFi is a security or privacy risk. Both of those reasons have a degree of legitimacy, but neither of them changes the fact that we would be better off if there were more open networks. Also, both of these problems could be solved without password locking our networks.