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Should copyright liability attach to ownership of a thing — in this case, your ISP account — as opposed to your conduct? So suggests the RIAA in this case in Oklahoma. The defendant allegedly had “reason to know” of the infringement occurring via the ISP account, by virtue of the subscriber agreement between her and the ISP.  This is very troubling — not only for open access wireless hotspots, but for universities and libraries, among other places.

[Spotted via Susan Crawford.]