The RIAA against open WiFi hotspots — and Fon

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The RIAA doesn’t like to hear the word ‘open’. ‘Open’ music is a non-sense, and open WiFi too. So the Big Music lobby “is asking a judge to rule that anyone who provides bandwidth should be responsible for all the activities of his users”, reports BoingBoing, which adds that such a move would “doom open WiFi — and all other public networking efforts”.

Among the eventual casualties, there would be Fon, the Spanish-based wireless network. While it claims to be one of the biggest wireless network in the world, its presence in North America is pretty small. But it strives to extend it, by giving away hundreds of tiny wireless routers in San Fransisco last year, but also by preparing a new version of its Fonera that will allow Fon members to share tunes and videos.

The RIAA intention wouldn’t stop Fon to roll out those new devices, but as Cory Doctorow said, this will doom the new launch — and Fon’s situation in the US.

Feb 23, 2007 | By Nuno

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