All Westlaw Users: Reset your Password Today!

top_nav_left2012If you have logged into your Westlaw account recently, then you might have noticed a small alert box on your home page reminding you to reset your password before early February. If you are a proactive person, you heeded the warning and promptly updated your password. As a reward for your initiative, you may stop reading this post here. Also, if you reset your password on or after October 7, 2014, then you won’t need to reset your password either.

However, if you have not logged into your account this semester, or were like the rest of us procrastinators and ignored the alert message altogether, you will need to update your password ASAP to prevent any disruption to your access to TWEN or other Westlaw services. If you do not reset your password before early February, you will be locked out of the system.

For instructions on how to reset your password in 4 easy steps, please visit the Westlaw password reset page.

If you normally access TWEN through Wavenet, you will still need to update your Westlaw OnePass password. Once you update your Westlaw password, you may select the TWEN link from Wavenet. OnePass will prompt you to enter your Westlaw login credentials and password during this initial login, but will then store your password for seamless future access to TWEN through Wavenet.

If you can’t remember your password to access your account, don’t worry, simply click on the “Forgot My Password” link and follow the steps to reset your password.

So why wait any longer? Avoid getting this error message in February and reset your OnePass password Today!

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NOTE: Some browsers may update your stored password automatically, while others may not. If your stored password is not updated automatically, simply select “Sign in with a different account” and then enter your new password and select the “Remember me on this Computer” checkbox to store your updated information.

 

Copyright and File Sharing

NOTE:  It is illegal to share copyrighted materials outside the permission(s) granted by the copyright holder.

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Source: Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringement


To: All Pepperdine University Faculty, Students, and Staff

From: Jonathan See, Chief Information Officer

Date: January 12, 2015

Re: Your PERSONAL legal risks related to sharing of copyrighted files

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify you of your personal legal risks related to the sharing of copyrighted files. In short, if you download or share copyrighted files without the owner’s permission, you are breaking the law. These actions place you and your family at risk of facing serious consequences.

To that end, all Pepperdine faculty, staff, and students are responsible for knowing and understanding the contents of this memorandum on file sharing risks.

Some people may believe that recreational file sharing is likely to go unnoticed and that their activity on the Internet is largely anonymous or untraceable. This is not the case. It is illegal to share copyrighted music, videos, computer games, and software files over the Internet without the owner’s permission.

It is critical that you understand the following:

  • Pepperdine University cannot protect you from potential copyright-holder lawsuits, nor can it defend or represent you if a lawsuit is filed.
  • Illegal sharing using Internet access provided by Pepperdine violates the University’s Computer and Network Responsible Usage policy. When Pepperdine receives notice that you have used the University’s network to engage in unlawful file sharing, disciplinary action will be taken.
  • If you send or receive copyrighted files using peer-to-peer file sharing programs, you are most likely breaking the law. This is true even if you do not know you are sharing files; most file-sharing software uploads files from your computer by default.
  • You cannot have anything on your computer for which you do not have the legal rights. Before you download anything for free, research whether the copyright owner has licensed you the right to download the file.

What should you do today?

  1. You should delete any illegally obtained files and any file sharing software from your computers and devices.
  2. You should always use legal download or streaming services to obtain music, videos, and software.

Included below is information that you should know about copyright infringement and the associated legal and University penalties for engaging in it.

Thank you for your attention to this information.

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What Constitutes Copyright Infringement?

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

The laws that govern copyright are not specific to any one technology or type of work. For example, file uploading and downloading can result in a violation of copyright law, which protects songs, videos, games, textbooks, and any other type of creative content.

Any of the following activities can be violations of copyright law:

  • Uploading (or downloading) images, music, movies, television shows, E-books, or other copyrighted material through the use of peer-to-peer technology
  • Converting copyrighted material, such as videos found on YouTube, to an MP3 file
  • Purchasing a CD or DVD and then making copies for others.

You cannot have anything on your computer that you do not own, and you cannot share any file for which you do not have the legal rights. Before you download anything for free, you should research if the source provides material licensed by the copyright owner.

Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws

Individuals who engage in copyright violations, even unintentionally, can be subject to civil and criminal penalties. Anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement can be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed.

For “willful” infringement, a court can award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, at its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at http://www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQs at http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/.

University Penalties for Unauthorized File Sharing

Unauthorized distribution or receipt of copyrighted material is a violation of Pepperdine University’s Computer and Network Responsible Usage policy (http://community.pepperdine.edu/it/security/policies/usagepolicy.htm). Upon receipt of a copyright violation notice, the computer sharing the copyrighted files will be blocked on the Pepperdine network and the individual’s dean or supervisor will be notified; additional violations can result in further academic and/or administrative disciplinary action. Technical staff members are required to review the computer and certify that sharing of copyrighted materials is stopped and that all file sharing programs are removed.

For more information about the legal and policy issues surrounding file sharing and for information regarding legal alternatives for downloading copyrighted materials, please visit http://filesharing.pepperdine.edu.

Windows 7 Update Possible Problem

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The recent Microsoft update (Dec 10) has been reported as causing problems with some video drivers. There are some reports of system instability as well. At this time we are still recommending that users continue the best practice of keeping Windows auto-update enabled; however, if you’ve recently had trouble with video drivers it is recommended that you remove KB3004394.

Unconfirmed reports include problems with USB 3.0 drivers, the User Account Control (UAC) system, and Windows Defender service being disabled by the update.

Why wait for Finals? Take a MOCK EXAM with SofTest TODAY!

2014-12-04_1021 If you have recently upgraded your Mac OS X to Yosemite, then we highly recommend taking a Mock Exam with SofTest to verify the software is working properly on your laptop. Although SofTest does support the new Mac OS, we always recommend testing the software on any computer that has recently undergone an OS update, just to be sure you won’t run into any issues on exam day. It only takes a few minutes and its well worth the time to double check your system before your final exam begins.

So why wait? Test out your SofTest environment TODAY!

For directions on how to take a Mock Exam, please visit the below ExamSoft tutorials:

How to Download a Mock Exam

How to Take a Mock Exam

SofTest Update

As of December 1, 2014 the most current Version of SofTest for Pepperdine Law School students is:

Macs-

11.0.463.94470

Windows-

11.0.4284.36182

Please verify you have the most current version as your exam may not work properly if your version is outdated.

How do I verify I have the latest version of SofTest?

To verify if you have the latest version of SofTest,Go to your institution’s ExamSoft portal: http://www.examsoft.com/schoolname where ‘schoolname’ represents the abbreviated name for your institution. (E.g. California Bar would be calbar.) Log in at the “Exam Takers” field at the top left.

 

After you have logged in you will then need to click the “Gear” in the top right corner of the page and select “My Account”

You can review the latest version of SofTest from here as shown below.

If you do not have the latest version and you are told there is a newer version of SofTest available you need to update SofTest.

 

How do I Update SofTest?

To trigger the SofTest automatic update, first open the application on your laptop. The instructions are slightly different for users on different operating systems.

For Windows OS users, press the CTRL button and the letters ‘A’ and ‘U’ simultaneously (CTRL+AU).

For Mac OSX users, once SofTest is open, press the Command key plus the letters ‘A’ and ‘U’ simultaneously (CMND+AU).

You should get a message that requests you to accept the update similar to this:

es3Wait up to 15 minutes and then reopen SofTest and view the version number at the top of SofTest to verify that it has successfully updated.

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We have a few simple steps to install and register SofTest so you can be prepared to take your upcoming exams:

1. Go to www.examsoft.com/pepperdinelaw

2. Log in under ‘Exam Takers’ using your credentials.Students can access their student ID and 4-digit exam number through WaveNet in the Student Resource section under the heading, Academic History.

StudentID: {Custom.StudentID}

Password: {Custom.Passwd}

3. Download SofTest and complete the installation process. Launch SofTest and register using your StudentID and password.

For FAQ and information on how to us SofTest, visit Using ExamSoft on Your Laptop