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

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    -Common examples of Copyright Infringement

    -Using a wireless router in your room; others may use.......

    This does NOT appear to say that if your wireless connection is unsecured you could look guilty. The way it is formatted looks exactly like it's saying that using a wireless router in your room is a common example of CI.

    If they wanted to have the appearance of saying that it's not a good idea to have an unsecured router for these reasons they shouldn't have put it into the bullet points and worded it the way it is.

    My 2 cents.

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