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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Boston College Equaled Wi-Fi Router Use To Infringement

Boston College Equaled Wi-Fi Router Use To Infringement

Boston College Equaled Wi-Fi Router Use To Infringement

Added: Friday, April 1st, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
IT services of Boston College for some reason list the merely using a Wi-Fi router in the room among real examples of infringement. The list also includes “downloading illegal copies of copyrighted content for free”, for example. However, copyright attorney Raymond Dowd is sure that the former can be used as a defense rather than accusations.

IT Services Department of Boston College has warned its students that simply using a Wi-Fi router is a common example of alleged copyright violation. It says that if the students use a Wi-Fi router in their room then others may easily share unauthorized content through it, which would make the router owners the guilty party. However, copyright attorney Raymond Dowd argues that in 3 federal cases related to Wi-Fi routers the use of them was given as a potential defense by defendants rather than the plaintiffs’ evidence of crime. Among such examples there’s highly publicized case of Jammie Thomas, where the court excluded the opinion of possible spoof or hijack of her Internet account through an unprotected Wi-Fi access point.

Raymond Dowd also says that he has never heard universities teaching US youth that the use of a Wi-Fi router is already a copyright infringement before Boston College started doing so. The most interesting part of such education is that there are more “common examples” of infringement coming with the use of the wireless router. Among the other ones there’s “joining a file-sharing network and downloading illegal copies of copyrighted content for free”, as well as “sharing illegal copies of music tracks online or through a file-sharing network”. Boston College also warns its students from emailing copies of a copyrighted music tracks to all of their friends or transferring them via AIM, and from burning CD with the copyrighted content to give them out to friends.

In other words, the institution believes that merely using a wireless router in the room is the same as downloading and sharing copyrighted content, which doesn’t make any sense. In fact, this might be expected from some junior low level college, but not from such esteemed institution as Boston College. It would be better to say that the “others” are able to share unauthorized content through someone else’s router if the latter isn’t properly secured. In other words, in reality using open routers is far from crime.

April 1st,2011

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Date:  Friday, April 1st, 2011

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-04-02 07:08:19)
geology_guy avatarThose in Boston have always been pain in the ass stuffed shirts!

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-04-02 18:53:17)
fusseltier avatareverything is illegal in the US except for american corporations to send all our jobs overseas and then not pay and federal taxes, then have republicans ensure the richest people keep their couple percent lower tax rates while putting the burden of all of the taxes and expenses of the government put directly on the back of middle and low income people.
what the hell happened to the US? ever since reagan, its been a downhill spiral.

posted by (2011-04-04 03:37:33)
DEMONLORD avatartrue and everyone lies to everyone now saying all will be alright when it is all jacked up and will stay that way. who cares about illegal file sharing. it was introduced since the invention of computer. you can share files even not through the internet and no one will stop them. lol

posted by (2011-04-04 10:33:06)
Farquardt avatarWiFi routers are openly sold by many companies. To the best of my knowledge, there are no legal restrictions on their use. So, if I buy one and use it, I'm committing a crime simply because it would be possible to download something?

Isn't that sort of like buying a car then being arrested because it was possible you would commit a hit and run?

Should everyone who buys a ski mask be imprisoned because it is possible they might rob a bank?

The police state is well and truly upon us.

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