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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    Marcus Carab (profile), 30 Mar 2011 @ 3:51pm

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    It works the same as criminal court.

    Except, if I understand correctly, that the standard is "preponderance of evidence" or "balance of probabilities", rather than "beyond a reasonable doubt" - which makes a pretty big difference.

    I suppose the standard of proof is somewhat separate from the presumption of innocence, but the two seem rather intertwined to me.

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