Germany plans to remove owner liability for piracy on open Wi-Fi hotspots—report

The country’s coalition government has agreed to change the “Störerhaftung” law, which has led to many people receiving fines for piracy carried out by others using their Wi-Fi connections. The aim is to bring changes in quickly, with a new law coming into force this autumn. Der Spiegel says that both individuals, and businesses offering Wi-Fi as an ancillary service, will be covered by the new exemption. This would represent a dramatic change from the present situation, which has resulted in far fewer open Wi-Fi networks in Germany compared to other countries, according to the report. – Glyn Moody, Ars Technica