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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    Greevar (profile), 30 Mar 2011 @ 10:18am

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    Furthermore, shouldn't they have to prove that the defendant committed the infringement? If they can't because the router was open (and even if it wasn't), then there is no proof that they did. They will have to find other evidence that is more concretely linked to the accused in order to prove guilt. With the prevalence of identity theft and hacking, it can stand to reason that a defendant that professes innocence could reasonably claim that their system was compromised and the actions that appear to be theirs, is actually a remote misuse of their system and identity. That, and an IP is hardly concrete proof to identify the transgressor.

    When it comes to these sorts of cases, I think the burden of proof should be elevated to "beyond a reasonable doubt" since there is so much evidence that can be tainted by malefeasance of a third party. Most people are not well versed in technology and the security thereof. They are often the victims of criminals looking to abuse their ignorance and they often succeed.

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