The law struggles to make sense of the internet

And versa vice.


Meanwhile, we can expect some strange decisions. As in the recent Matthew Keys hacking case:

As Motherboard explains,

According to the defense, the article was changed back in an hour. But prosecutors claim that the Tribune spent over $5,000 to fix the defacement. The amount is no coincidence—$5,000 is the jurisdictional requirement for them make the charges stick. But placing a $5,000 price tag on a weird and kind of embarrassing article being up on a website is, maybe, controversial.

Seldom does ex-employee spite attract criminal charges, precisely because the situation is charged, the damage is minimal, and the ex-employee usually just goes away after exposure.

It seems that the Tribune Company reached the minimum damages amount to pursue a serious criminal trial on account of paying a consultant thousands of dollars to research the fairly straightforward and trivial hack.

The trouble is, in a new area like this, judges may be as confused as everyone else about what is and isn’t a significant crime. More.