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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    DaveK (profile), 31 Mar 2011 @ 7:17am

    This entire article is a bare-faced lie.

    >"Boston College is telling students that simply using a wireless router is a sign of copyright infringement. Take a look at the image below:"

    I did; it says no such thing.

    Firstly, it is not a list of "signs of" copyright infringement but a list of "examples of", so you haven't even described it accurately. Let me explain in terms that even a child could understand: "sign of" is to "example of" as "symptom" is to "disease". If you really can't tell the difference between those two concepts, you aren't competent to be writing professionally.

    Secondly, it doesn't even say that using a wireless router is an example of copyright infringement. It says, very clearly, that if you use a wireless router somebody else might infringe copyright using the same router and you might get the blame. YOU CAN'T JUST IGNORE THE SECOND-HALF OF THE SENTENCE AFTER THE SEMI-COLON AND PRETEND YOU DIDN'T SEE IT.

    Well, you can, but how the hell you can seriously expect your pretence to pull the wool over anyone else's eyes is beyond me.

    Well, actually even that's not beyond me; you just want to write a sensationalist headline, you know full well that it will generate tons of angry comments from people who have trusted your misbegotten malinterpretation of events and not even clicked on the big version of the picture.

    You aren't actually stupid or illiterate or blind, you are just faking it to try and justify your deliberate out-of-context mangling and misinterpretation of perfectly plain English.

    Hell, you'd be the first to complain if someone wrote a big article that just took the last half of your headline and ignored the rest to say "Techdirt claims 'Using A Wireless Router Is A Sign Of Copyright Infringement'", but that is exactly what you have just done.

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