Surfing the Internet carries all sorts of minor hazards, including pop-up ads, vitriolic bloggers and time-wasting videos. As of last week, it also carries one that is anything but minor: the threat of criminal prosecution...

As a brief filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation put it, this interpretation of the law "would convert the millions of Internet-using Americans who disregard the terms of service associated with online services into federal criminals."

Monday, December 1, 2008
Chicago Tribune