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?

Filed Under: boston college, copyright, infringement, wifi
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 30 Mar 2011 @ 1:17pm

    Re: Re:

    Windows is easy to secure, what you can't do is secure Windows from the stupidity of the end user.

    That's like trying to create a car that makes jerks drive correctly. You can control how the car works, but you can't control what the operator does with the car.

    Last I checked, Win7 is about as secure as a standard Linux distro install, which is a heck of a lot better than OSX.

    Linux can be made more secure than Windows, but only through customizing it, which a typical end user would never do.

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