I stood in front of the 150 or so secondary students and gave my lil’ ditty on our proposed AUP. When the following point came up in the slideshow, students who had been in my 1st semester tech ethics class chuckled:
Students must not transmit unauthorized, copyrighted works (such as movies, music, games, etc.) over the school network.
“Yeah, I know what you’re thinking”, I said. “But let me be clear on one thing. Regardless of what you or I think of the ethics, the legality is something else. Many of you may now have a solid argument as to why it should be OK to share copyrighted works but the fact for now is, it’s illegal. Doing so is irresponsible in that it puts the school at risk.”
Sorry to let the extremists down. This school won’t be used as a site for civil disobedience (though I freely admit to fantasizing it as such). However, I hope the extremists can take some comfort in knowing that few students leaving my class will mindlessly perpetuate fiction like “stealing” and “piracy”.
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