German court awards damages for loss-of-Internet, says net is "crucial part of people's economic living standards"

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7 Responses to “German court awards damages for loss-of-Internet, says net is "crucial part of people's economic living standards"”

  1. oasisob1 says:

    E’erbody write down the details of this case to hand to your lawyer when it’s your turn at the plank.

  2. peregrinus says:

    I love the underlying theme that taking away the interweb is akin to time-zapping someone to the stone-age.  Long live and prosper, good judge.

  3. Navin_Johnson says:

    As it should be.
    I know lots of people who supplement their incomes, or even make a living by selling online, and if they pay their bills they should be compensated when AT&T (or name your provider behemoth) drops service for an extended length of time.

    • DewiMorgan says:

       ISP outages are unavoidable. Deliberate disconnects of individuals caused by ISP error or negligence, however, yeah: reasonable penalties to discourage that, and also any abuse of the N-strikes system now in place in the US.

    • James Penrose says:

      Of course, if you are running a business, you should run it in a businesslike manner:  Order a commercial grade DSL service with contracted levels of response time for an outage and/or have two separate services feeding you: cable and local DSL or satellite or a cell phone “hot spot” data connection.

      If you’re running a business on a residential connection, you’re not really running a business, you’re running a hobby.

      If your income is dependent on that connection and you have a single point of failure for that connection, then you are going to fail, sooner or later.

    • Cowicide says:

      Not to mention people that use the Internet to get health care information they cannot get in the USA because our health care system is still in the stone ages.

  4. jimkirk says:

    I’m guessing a precedent like this could give ISPs incentive to force those who make copyright claims provide actual proof that the claim is valid.

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