A German court has ruled that home users are responsible for creating password-protected home wireless networks, and failing to do so could result in a fine a 100 euros. The rulings stems from a case where a musician sued the owner of a home WiFi network for illegally downloading his music, but since the network owner was away on holiday, the open network was being used by another third party.
The maximum fine of 100 euros (or about $120) is about the same as a hefty speeding ticket, and with 26 million WiFi enabled German households, that could add up. All those Google Street View spycars could help out with enforcement of the law, since they have been collecting wireless information anyway.
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