NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — A court case filed in Massachusetts District Court on Monday accuses a group of 15 defendants of negligence of their wireless networks.
“They allowed the network to be open, they allowed this illegal activity to occur so they were negligent and should be held liable,” said Attorney Marvin Cable — an attorney of one of the defendants. “Even though they did not directly download it [themselves].”
Because this case is of first impression, the outcome of this case may determine whether operating an open wifi router is per se negligent, making open wifi operators liable for the illegal use of the open wifi users.
The claims filed in court on Monday are an addendum to the case. The precedent will affect the outcome of many trials to come.