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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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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Mar 2011 @ 9:25am

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

    What silly FUD.

    Look at the whole sentence: "Using a wireless router in your room; others may share illegal material through your router, giving the appearance that you are the guilty party."

    It explains that if the student has a wireless router in their room and other people use that router to share illegal material, it could make the student that has the router look guilty. That's sound advice. If someone else used that router to infringe, it would look like the student with the router is the infringer. As the case law that Dowd quoted points out, simply saying, "I have an unsecured router and another person did it" is not a perfect defense.

    Must be a slow news day.

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