Last week, Judge Buchwald of the Southern District of New York found that one company’s snatching of a database from a rival’s Web sitedoes not violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. However, the court allowed the case to proceed on plaintiff’s computer fraud claims. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act makes it a crime to cause damage by intentionally accessing another’s computer without authorization.

Mark Rasch wonders whether a ruling like this could be used against individuals who use someone else’s password to access a website. [First seen at Techdirt]