A group on campus came together last year to take a serious look at intellectual property issues and how to communicate some of the issues to faculty and students. In the meantime, Computing and Information Technology put together a video called “Caught in the Act” (stream or download here.) I’m not sure what message they are trying to send, and I don’t know that they know either. Consider the synopsis:
We all have things we like to do for fun. But what if it gets you into trouble? What if itís bigger than you? What if it carries a high price tag? And what if you canít stop yourself?
Watch this video and see what trouble you can get into.
Most of my colleagues have been fairly equanimous, perhaps since the person who oversaw this effort is an adjunct member of our faculty. While I have great respect for this person, let me be among the first to say this video is wrong in so many ways.
Update: Looks like other schools are cracking down on students engaging in “risky behavior” with their computers as well. But it’s still unclear to me what exactly the film above is trying to get you not to do…