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 @ 9:29am

    "Top Five Myths" adapted from http://www.messiah.edu/etc/downloading.html)"

    Presumably with permission of course.

    The thing is christianity while not itself founded on copyright infringement, surely did spread as it did from its original handful of followers by means of widespread infringement which continues unabated up to this day with not one penny going in royalties from printing/sales of bibles to the original writers or their heirs/estates.
    And bibles sell quite well, despite many being given away for nothing but in either case, there is no incentive to the writers to create new works.

    As someone who dislikes religion, I almost wish the copyright laws had been stronger back then and enforced of course, they would have certainly choked off, christianity and later islam before they got any real foothold.

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