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 @ 12:55pm

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    You assume so, based on no evidence whatsoever.

    For all you know, these guys could have been writing historical fiction about what happened when a real messiah came along but not the one everyone was expecting.

    Perhaps over the years, the disclaimer that this was intended to be fiction was dropped in the same way that fbi warnings about copyright infringement are routinely dropped from pirated copies of movies.

    Perhaps many parts of the gospels or the letters that made it into the new testament were dropped for giving the wrong message as entire other gospels were dropped.

    We only know that the people who did want to spread the message, that which became the Catholic church would certainly want you to think that the original authors had the same view.
    But they were the copiers, so they certainly had a vested interest in doing so and shading the messages the way they wanted to.
    Similar happened when printing technology became available and suddenly a lot of the arguments that had been had out in the Catholic church in the opening centuries of the first millenium CE were being propounded again by people who were now shading or interpreting the messages in other ways.

    And why wouldn't you think that people wouldn't have done it for compensation, there are plenty of examples in every religion where raking in money was and is still the primary motivation of many in the field.

    But even if we assume that gospels were not fiction and that the gospel writers did genuinely claim to believe in everything they wrote that does not preclude a desire for compensation.

    The catholic church didn't become rich because it eschewed wealth and dialling 1-800-god for donations so that individuals can live properly wealthy lifestyles is not unfamiliar to us.
    So why assume that the original authors would not have wanted a taste too.

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