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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    Matt (profile), 30 Mar 2011 @ 11:26am

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    But that WAS the issue Mike raised. AC is right on this one - Mike said it was strange that the school was telling students that having a WiFi router is a sign of infringement. AC agreed with Markus that the wording was poor, but the underlying message is sound - because we (BU, a government institution) have misinterpreted the law to require us to violate our students' right to conduct internet activity anonymously, we will blame you (student with a router) if someone hides behind your IP to do something nefarious. That is a good and useful headsup from the school. AC is correct that that is a good and useful headsup from the school.

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