In a victory for both justice and common sense, the full First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an earlier decision by a three-judge panel in the interpretation of the Wiretap Act. Bradford Councilman, former vice president of a now defunct bookseller and provider of free email service, was accused of illegally intercepting messages sent from Amazon.com to users in order to gain commercial advantage. By interpreting the law in a manner so narrow that it might be described as mono-molecular, the First Circuit panel ruled in favor of the defense based upon the notion that the email was not in transit.
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