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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    Derek Kerton (profile), 31 Mar 2011 @ 9:33am

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    Seems to me using an unsecured wireless router is YOUR ONLY way of not looking guilty (whether you are or not), should the RIAA accuse an IP address of infringing.

    I say "accuse an IP address of infringing" specifically, because that is all they know, they cannot accuse a person.

    And, logically, the more open your wireless router, the less certainty anyone could have about who is responsible for infringement tied to an IP address.

    What BC really meant was:
    "Please secure your wireless router so that when the RIAA comes knocking, we can help them as expediently as possible to identify the BC student on whom they want to apply the onerous laws which they wrote. An unsecured router makes the job of finding shakedown victims harder for the recording industry, and BC doesn't want to waste their time."

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