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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 30 Mar 2011 @ 10:38am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    It is actually you who missed the point as there were two points.

    1) sales without copyright / copyright enforcement (competing with free)
    2) enforcement of IP can kill off entire future markets, some that people might like and some that people might not like. But like or not like, without widespread copying and disseminating far outside official channels and often for free

    I don't like religion and would have been glad if the two worst examples in terms of global reach had never gotten off the ground.
    Others, perhaps even you, may be glad that they got off the ground and became religions of global influence thanks to the failure to have and enforce IP (in the way IP "rights holders" want to do now,) back in the day.

    So while I did express my dislike and disdain for religions and the two later mashups of Judaism, it was in the context of how strict copyright enforcement prevents the opening up of new markets, so any offense taken is simply added value.
    And that is apparently what one needs to succeed in the digital age.

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