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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    Greg G (profile), 30 Mar 2011 @ 12:15pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Actually, if BC had a pair, it would say:

    "BC, by law (See the Personal Data Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a)) will disregard any and all requests for the identity of any individual(s) associated with the IP address(es) presented unless accompanied by a court order or subpeona."

    Or, "RIAA, MPAA, et al., piss off unless you have more proof that just an IP address."

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