Thursday, November 27, 2008

Important Legal Precedent

[Law & Order] There are morals to this tragic story:
  1. If you're an attentive parent, you should recognize that it's one thing to monitor your child's wellbeing--but it's another to unwisely get caught up in the random details of adolescent social dramas. Any revenge your kid can dream up is cruel enough without the help of his/her jaded, cynical parents.
  2. The people you encounter online are real. You may never meet them face-to-face, but it is still wise to behave as though they are human beings.
  3. If you forget No. 2 above, you may end up with a very real $300,000 fine and prison time.
  4. The people who, in the 1980s, blamed teen suicide on the deep-pocket music industry are today blaming deep-pocket social-networking Internet sites. That is, it's still possible to cash in on tragic teen deaths.
(Brandon Burt)

1 comment:

  1. The moral of this story is that 99% of people on the internet can now be prosecuted under Federal Law for "hacking" if they've ever violated a website's terms of service even if they never read the TOS or actually clicked "I accept"

    As tragic as this whole case is, I believe this sets a very dangerous precendent. Remember that Lori Drew was NOT prosecuted for bullying or driving someone to Suicide. She was charged with gaining unauthorized access to a computer system because she violated Myspace's terms of service.

    What this means is that if the verdict is allowed to stand then anyone who uses a website without strictly adhering to the Terms of service is commiting a federal offense. Considering the fact that 99% of us don't read TOS agreements and are more than likely guilty of violating more than a few.

    What Lori Drew did was reprehenisble and barbaric, but twisting the law in this manner just to find a way to convict her of SOMETHING is dagerous and shortsighted.

    - Kjell Andorsen


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