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Potential Liability Alert - Free Wi-Fi and Copyright Infringement Claims

Wi-Fi is everywhere and much of the time it is offered for "free." Starbucks offers it. So, too, does McDonald's. In fact, you may even be offering it yourself. And, while many businesses understand that it is a great way to bring in new customers and business, many do not understand the potential implications of allowing relatively unfettered access to the Internet. Recently, we've had a number of clients learn about the implications the hard way. They received what are known as DMCA "takedown" notices. And with those takedown notices, they have received demand letters from Beverly Hills law firms, movie studios, and television networks threatening lawsuits and potential monetary damages reaching into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Suddenly, free Wi-Fi access may not seem like such a great idea.

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