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 @ 9:28am

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    It is poorly worded, but the message is clear that if a student has a wireless router in their room and somebody else uses it to infringe, it would look like the student with the router was the infringer. It's not as simple and silly as Mike is trying to FUD it out to be. It's good advice from the school. An unsecured wireless router could get a student in trouble. Leave it to Mike to twist it into FUD.

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