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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    Chris Rhodes (profile), 30 Mar 2011 @ 1:18pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Do you think the police would have any credibility if they took evidence from a traffic camera that constantly spoofed the photos with random cars and plates?

    A small tidbit: Perhaps you didn't mean to suggest so, but IP-spoofing does not work for two-way traffic such as file sharing. That would be like mailing a payment to a bootlegger for a copy of a DVD, but putting a fake return address on the envelope to evade detection by the authorities.

    Sure, the authorities won't have your real address, but the bootlegger is going to have a hard time getting your DVD to you.

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