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Gingersnap
07-08-2008, 12:56 PM
User Charged With Felony For Using Fake Name On MySpace

Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Monday July 07, @03:53PM
from the understand-before-you-prosecute dept.

Recently a user, Lori Drew, was charged with a felony for the heinous crime of pretending to be someone else on the Internet. Using the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Lori was charged for signing up for MySpace using a fake name.

"The access to MySpace was unauthorized because using a fake name violated the terms of service. The information from a "protected computer" was the profiles of other MySpace users. If this is found to be a valid interpretation of the law, it's really quite frightening. If you violate the Terms of Service of a website, you can be charged with hacking. That's an astounding concept. Does this mean that everyone who uses Bugmenot could be prosecuted? Also, this isn't a minor crime, it's a felony punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment per count. In Drew's case she was charged with three counts for accessing MySpace on three different occasions."


This is insane.

Slashdot (http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?no_d2=1&sid=08/07/07/1824228)