Under current German law, the provider of an unsecured WiFi hotspot is not liable for financial damages for copyright infringement committed by users of the hotspot, but he can be enjoined from providing unsecured access that is used for unlawful purposes. In practice, the provider of an open hotspot who
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The German government therefore decided to clear the situation. Under the proposed law, non-commercial providers of unsecured WiFi access points would be shielded also from injunctive relief. According to Spiegel Online the law could come into effect as early as this fall.