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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 30 Mar 2011 @ 11:03am

    Re: Re:

    While you are probably right Greevar,
    there are a lot of assumptions there.

    We don't actually know what the original writers intended.
    We don't even know if what has come down through the ages in terms of gospels for example are complete and unedited.

    We also don't know if Paul's letters weren't written tongue in cheek in parts, perhaps the intended recipients knew him to actually be big on women's rights but for a laugh he presented himself as a misogynist of the very old school knowing full well the people he was actually writing too would know that. Perhaps, and it is unlikely, he would be distraught to know they were being shown to people who don't have the vital background information to know when he was joking and when he was being serious.

    But as many older tv shows are being kept off DVD because rights for dvd didn't exist when the actors original contracts were drawn up and now people aren't available to reach agreements and/or their estates aren't willing to reach agreements based on current copyright law, its not impossible to think similar could not have occurred back then as long as we assume its with the same politicians, laws and lawyers as exist now.

    Quite apart from Judas' family getting the publication blocked on grounds of lies, defamation and libel, even if it was being put forward as a work of fiction.

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