Should librarians be policing Wi-fi users?

Libraries and universities are protesting about plans to make them police users of wireless networks.

In Britain the government’s Digital Economy Bill includes plans to make them responsible for what is done over free wi-fi.

The plans imply that libraries, universities and cafes offering free wireless will be responsible if people use it to pirate movies and music.

Bodies representing universities want the law clarified so they are not hit with big bills for policing every user….. more        

Sargia Harrison – ANZC

3 thoughts on “Should librarians be policing Wi-fi users?

  1. mj May 12, 2010 / 12:32 am

    sheesh. how on earth would we ever have enough staff to police what users do with wi-fi?!?

  2. Valerienl May 13, 2010 / 5:15 am

    Okay, so as well as making sure on one photocopies plays, art books and novels, we are also going to make sure no one pirates movies and music. When are we going to find time to help a borrower choose the next great read?
    When you use one of our library computers, you agree to abide by the conditions of use, so wouldn’t a wi-fi user be bound by the same terms and conditions?

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