I work in a local bar who owns a private wireless network. They give free access to guests and charge £1 for the wireless network password for non residents, which I always thought sounded okay.
Anyway, this guy came into the bar the other day and asked if there was a wireless network available, and I told him it was a pound for non residents. He then said that it was illegal to charge money for a wi-fi code. He pulled out a business card for a wi-fi hotspot company, pointed at it and acted really self important and smarmy, even though to be honest I was just passing on what I'd been told. I called the boss and he came down and made some excuse and the guy left. Anyhow, my question is - is it actually illegal for a hotel to charge people for the use of it's private network? Or is this guy just trying to scare people out of doing it because he has a wi-fi business and is bitter other people are doing something similar? Like is there a clause with your ISP contract saying that you can't make money off sharing your private network or something? Or some sort of licensing you need to do so?