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 @ 10:40am

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

    No shit, Sherlock? I'm glad you cleared up that painfully obvious point.

    "The school is just following the rules, and the advice in question is sound."

    They aren't and it isn't. They are caving into the demands of a powerful minority, not the law, and giving out misleading advice. They are not required to give out this information without anything less than a subpena from a judge. And to that, IP is poor evidence. Even for probable cause it doesn't hold up. IPs can be faked, hijacked, or mis-recorded. They are too volatile to be considered reliable to prove anything other than that a particular IP was recorded as the recipient of alleged infringing data.

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