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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, 31 Mar 2011 @ 10:12pm

    Re: This entire article is a bare-faced lie.

    So you are trying to say that an "example" is not a "sign" of copyright infringement? I don't know if you comprehend sentences or not.

    According to you, if a person emailed copyrighted music to all their friends then that also wouldn't be a "sign" of copyright infringement.

    Putting the wireless router as an example of copyright infringement is more than enough proof for what the author is trying to say. It is irrelevant that BC has added "others may share illegal materials through your router" because that is just an example of what could happen IF you use a wireless router. The thing that they are trying to say is that USING a wireless router itself counts as a sign of copyright infringement because others may use it for illegal purposes. But it still doesn't change the fact that they are saying that if you use a wireless router, it is a sign of copyright infringement.

    Hope you got my point. Also as a previous poster said, BC removed the wireless part so I guess they thought better about it too :)

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