[Foundation-l] Info/Law blog: Using Wikisource as an Alternative Open Access Repository for Legal Scholarship

Mark Wagner carnildo at gmail.com
Mon Jun 22 23:49:07 UTC 2009

On Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 14:35, Ray Saintonge<saintonge at telus.net> wrote:
> Brian wrote:
>> That is against the law. It violates Google's ToS.
>> I'm mostly complaining that Google is being Very Evil. There is nothing we
>> can do about it except complain to them. Which I don't know how to do - they
>> apparently believe that the plain text versions of their books are akin to
>> their intellectual property and are unwilling to give them away.
> How is violating Google's ToS against the law?

The verdict in _United States v. Lori Drew_ appears to set a precedent
that violating a site's Terms of Service is a violation of the
Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.  It's not a very strong precedent, but
it's still there.


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