The Internet is only a means of communication. It is not an amorphous extraterrestrial body with an entitlement to norms that run counter to the fundamental principles of human rights. There is nothing in the criminal or civil law which legalizes that which is otherwise illegal simply because the transaction takes place over the Internet.

Judge Peter Charleton, Ireland, in his ruling against the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s suit of Eircom, which entered an agreement with the music industry to suspend data connections if digital pirates ignore repeated warnings to cease unauthorized copying of music: via, NYT

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