“No court has ever found that anyone is liable simply because another user of his or her open wifi committed some legal wrong”

The EFF sets the record straight on open wifi and liability for copyright infringement.

The truth is that no court has ever found that anyone is liable simply because another user of his or her open wifi committed some legal wrong. Every day cafes, airports, libraries, laundromats, schools and individuals operate open wifi routers, happily sharing their connection with neighbors and passers by. Sometimes people use those connections for bad acts, most of the time they don’t, the world gets a valuable public service, and the open wifi providers are not liable.

Back in February, a Time Warner representative told me that the Supreme Court had ruled that I was liable for my neighbors’ use of my open wifi.