the federal court of appeals heeded EFF’s advice and rejected an attempt by Oracle to hold a company criminally liable for accessing Oracle’s website in a manner it didn’t like. The court ruled back in 2012 that merely violating a website’s terms of use is not a crime under the federal computer crime statute, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. But some companies, like Oracle, turned to state computer crime statutes — in this case, California and Nevada — to enforce their computer use preferences. This decision shores up the good precedent from 2012 and makes clear — if it wasn’t clear already — that violating a corporate computer use policy is not a crime.

Source: Violating a Website’s Terms of Service Is Not a Crime, Federal Court Rules – Slashdot