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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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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Mar 2011 @ 4:33pm

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    Does it matter?

    As far as I know every P2P network out there is sending a small amount of spoofed IP's to everyone to counter IP harvesting from companies.

    This forces them to look hard at the data collected you can't just collect IP's because those connections may be spoofs and not real ones you need to download something and get a record of the data transfer to be proof that some IP is really sending data to you.

    But apparently that is not being done since you can see a large number of people who don't know what P2P means or don't even have those programs installed being accused, and the reason why is IP spoofing working as envisioned.

    You can look it up every bittorrent tracker spoof IP's, this is known as crowd anonymity.

    If they just collect only IP's and don't do additional work they will drag a lot of people who never used P2P in their lifes, hence the comparison to a traffic camera spoofing car images, will you trust that camera to tell you that that car was really there without questioning?

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