This comment asserts that unauthorized use of another's wireless internet signal is tantamount to conversion and therefore should enjoy the same remedies as any action for conversion. Through first explaining the technology behind wireless internet signals, this comment argues despite the intangibility of wireless internet signals, the unauthorized use of them should be recognized by courts as conversion. By comparing Illinois law to various other states' law, this comment specifically addresses the hurdles presented in Illinois for an action of conversion of wireless internet signals. The author argues that through various theories, including the bundle of rights in property law, and a close examination of recent national and Illinois specific case law regarding the conversion of television satellite signals, causes of action for conversion of wireless internet signals should be allowed.
College of Law
Northern Illinois University Law Review
Mruk, Laura D.
"Wi-Fi Signals Capable of Conversion: The Case for Comprehensive Conversion in Illinois,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 28:
2, Article 7.
Laura D. Mruk, Comment, Wi-Fi Signals Capable of Conversion: The Case for Comprehensive Conversion in Illinois, 28 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 347 (2008).