You are a teacher in your schools first year seminar program. Class is over and students are packing up. A student near you is putting her things away. You notice a CD-ROM with Office 2000 written on it with a black marker. In smaller letters you see the product key code. Another student stops and asks, Hey Sharon
are you done with that? Sharon replies, I promised Dan Id get it to him tonight but if you can drop it by before 7:30, sure take it.
- Sharing and downloading pirated software is common. Burning a CD is easy. What is the responsibility of todays colleges and universities with respect to policing the exchange of pirated software?
- Should this faculty member involve herself in this situation? Should she ask, where did you get that CD? Should she attempt to confiscate it?
- What are the liability issues associated with the use of university equipment to download and share pirated software amongst students, staff and faculty?