Boston College Tells Students That Using A Wireless Router Is A Sign Of Copyright Infringement

from the wtf? dept

Copyright lawyer Ray Dowd points out that Boston College is telling students that simply using a wireless router is a sign of copyright infringement. Take a look at the image below:
The page lists out a variety of other things that are a lot more likely (but not definitely) to involve infringing -- such as using file sharing networks to share copyrighted songs, or emailing songs around. But using a wireless router? As Dowd discusses, the three federal court rulings involving copyright that mention wireless routers, all use it as a defense against infringement, because it highlights how someone else may have used the connection.

So why is Boston College telling students that simply using a wireless router is a sign of infringement?

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    kryptonianjorel (profile), 30 Mar 2011 @ 10:52am

    Re: UBC actually bans routers! READ THIS!

    The router is a computer, and it is the only thing 'connected' to the 'resnet port' (never heard of THAT connector).

    Or you could tell them to kiss your ass. I told my university, "I pay $20,000 a year to go here, and you are not going to tell me what I can and cannot do with the internet connection I PAY FOR"

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