In Winter Quarter 2015, the Academic Computing & Media Services (ACMS) Help Desk attended two events to educate UC San Diego students about the facts on file sharing. Student technicians were at the Revelle Judicial Board’s “Is What I’m Doing Illegal?” event, Revelle College Council’s international student education fair, and the Keeling Apartments to talk about file sharing. Technicians spoke with over 250 students over the course of the events.
Topics covered included copyright law like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the rights of students, ResNet’s role in the copyright violation process, and specific file sharing programs. Help Desk technician Justin Kelly was at these events and said that, “The students were very interested in what we had to say and asked a lot of good questions.” At the February 18 event for international students, technicians specifically emphasized topics that were of greater interest to those students, like explaining how DMCA applies to foreign works.
Students had the opportunity to pick up a ResNet guide if they had lost theirs and get a ResNet cup. Justin hopes that interacting with so many students means that ResNet will see fewer file sharing violations in the future.
Contact the Help Desk if you are interested in having the Help Desk present to a campus group or attend an event to talk about file sharing. For information about file sharing, visit the Help Desk’s file sharing information center or watch this brief video.