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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    vivaelamor (profile), 30 Mar 2011 @ 10:29am

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    "If a student's router is being used to infringe, the investigation will begin with that student."

    That isn't the issue. The issue is whether the college is handing over the details of a student based on their IP address. Handing over details isn't an investigation, it's forgoing the need to investigate at the expense of the student's privacy.

    "Having a wireless router can bring a lot of trouble to a student. It would be wrong to NOT warn them about this."

    That may be the case, but the way the advice is written gives the impression that merely operating a wireless router is an example of infringement.

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