Legislation threatens public Wi-Fi in U.K.

Cafe customers use free wireless Internet.

Many United Kingdom libraries and universities are crying foul over proposed legislation that could make them responsible for the actions of people using their wireless networks.

The Digital Economy Bill, winding its way through the Parliament, includes a provision that would suspend Internet accounts of users accused of copyright infringement for the third time. The government has refused to provide exceptions for operators of public Wi-Fi hotspots, including Internet cafes, libraries and universities.

Guest: Lillian Edwards, University of Sheffield

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