The Legislature's public wireless system is a great service to the public while at the State Capitol, but we recently learned that someone has been using the system for illegal activities.
The Legislature's internet service provider was contacted by CBS Corporation, "informing us that a user on the Legislature's Public Wireless Network has been downloading copies of 'CSI Miami' episodes, and has been distributing the episodes through peer-to-peer sharing."
The use of peer-to-peer software for the purpose of downloading and disributing copyrighted material is prohibited. The usage of unauthorized copies of copyrighted television programs constitutes an infringement of the federal Copyright Act.
Please read this memo from the House Chief Clerk and the Senate Chief Clerk on the potential liabilities and damages for this activity.