* Posts by Robert Lowe

1 post • joined 17 Apr 2007

P2P pinball lawyers say ignorance is no defence

Robert Lowe

Responsible for actions of stolen property and services?

So if someone were to steal my car, and then run someone over, would I be liable for vehicular homicide?

The argument they are using doesn't hold water! Even if it is a computer, the unlwaful action was brought about by a crime perpatrated against the owner of the computer! Had it been anything else, they wouldn't do this.

What if a stolen credit card was used to promote the sale of illicit drugs? Would the owner of the card get charged with trafficing? No! Computers aren't different, except people think of them as some sort of "magic" device which normal laws don't apply to.

This is patently absurd!

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY TECH NEWSLETTER

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019