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amazon can decide you're a felon!

I know, this seems a little alarmist, but... it's kind of scary. This post is about religion, but that's not the part I'm concerned with. The part I'm concerned with is the stretching of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to include End User License Agreements (EULA) under its umbrella.

I'll just quote the interesting portion here:
The tragic suicide of Megan Meier, allegedly triggered by "cyberbullying" on the part of defendant Lori Drew, is one such case. Drew created a MySpace.com account under false pretenses, pretending to be a 14-year-old boy, befriended Meiers, and then started sending hurtful and hateful messages, and Megan killed herself.

Unfortunately, this sort of harrassment, while reprehensible, is not criminal. Lori Drew violated MySpace's terms of service, but did not violate any criminal statutes.

But the prosecutor's office was under intense pressure to do something, so it tried to stretch the law. It claimed that by violating MySpace's terms of service, she was accessing a computer in violation of the CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act), and thus a federal felon. Drew was brought to trial and convicted, and now faces up to three years in prison and $300,000 in fines.
Yes, you probably read that right: Someone was convicted of a felony for violating the terms of service on a website.

Does the Lawbringer care to weigh in?


I do, and I did...

Your question inspired a post... which I entitled: No, amazon cannot decide you're a felon, but...