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  •  It's an exaggeration. (1+ / 0-)
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    doinaheckuvanutjob

    Merely violating TOS is not criminal. (see, eg [pdf!])

    •  What? (7+ / 0-)

      I don't think it's the California Comprehensive Computer Data Access and Fraud Act he has in mind.

      On the other hand, I'm "Just Bob" on facebook. That's a violation of the TOS. I'm a criminal.

      Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

      by Just Bob on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 07:51:29 AM PST

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      •  You Tube=Google (6+ / 0-)

        is seriously concerned that I won't use my real name on an account I've had for almost 8 years. They now periodically make me re-resister and the harass me because I won't change my user name. The last time they asked me to reset my account they said that I must sign in using my e-mail account.  Same with Google+ which I never registered for and don't want. Yet here it is on my tool bar it seems to have attached itself to my browser Mozilla Firefox and my e-mail which is a local indie account.. Yesterday a link to a blogger.com site had google telling me to re-register or else. It's a corporate state and if you violate their legal right to extort your data, eyeballs, and interfere with the commerce of cookies, and selling your information you a criminal. Reading the TOS has become as twisty as reading the reams of fly type in a bad mortgage.      

        •  Sheesh. Glad I'm foolin' em and opting out as much (0+ / 0-)

          as I can't. Phew. Empathy for your agony, though. And I do fly into a minor rage whenever I have to register for these things and it's several annoying steps plus those horrible squiggled letters you're supposed to copy so it isn't spam but they make them unreadable. Somebody in their department has to pay for our agony. I am ready to strangle them with playdoh.

    •  Tell that to the prosecutor, but only if you're (4+ / 0-)

      not a ham sandwich.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 08:37:15 AM PST

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    •  Here's what you want (0+ / 0-)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      Wu summed up his opinion by stating that allowing a violation of a website's Terms of Service to constitute an intentional access of a computer without authorization or exceeding authorization would "result in transforming section 1030(a)(2)(C) into an overwhelmingly overbroad enactment that would convert a multitude of otherwise innocent Internet users into misdemeanant criminals." For these reasons, Wu granted Drew's motion for acquittal. The Government did not appeal.
      So it isn't quite as broad as the cartoon makes it out to be, but it isn't quite clear how broad it is.

      I think this one will determine that, though IANAL:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

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