Author Archive: Phillip Bohl

Laptop Rentals (for students)

brokenlaptopThe University’s Tech Central provides rental laptops to students.

If you are stuck and need a temporary solution, check out their rental program by calling (310) 506-4811.

There is a limited number of rental units so don’t hesitate to call and reserve as system if you think you’ll need one!

Tech Central also offers an array of other fee-based services — see this site for more details.

 

1L’s Register your WESTLAW PASSWORD ASAP!

It’s a brand new world and you are going to need all the right tools to help you succeed in Law School.

One of the most important tools you’ll need is access to TWEN (an acronym for The West Education Network).

As a new student you will receive (or have already received) an email indicating how you should register your Westlaw password.

Please do this as soon as possible as this will enable you to access the TWEN system which will provide you with course information placed there by your professors.

To register:

  1. Go to lawschool.westlaw.com
  2. Click on the “Register Your Password” graphic
  3. Complete Step 1
  4. Enter your Pepperdine email address and enter your Westlaw Password (provided in the email referenced above)
  5. Fill out your name, address, and other information
  6. Click on “Create Profile”
  7. Click on “Continue”
  8. Fill in your student profile and click “Agree”

Alumni Email? Get your account now!

Hurray! You’ve graduated from Pepperdine University! The last thing on your mind is your Pepperdine Email account, but there are some things you need to know…

  • Student email accounts are deleted 90 days after the student’s last enrolled semester (90 days from Graduation day).
  • Once an account is deleted/deactivated the data/emails in that account it is not recoverable.

emailBut there’s good news. You’re an alumnus now!  Alumni may obtain a free, lifetime email account through Pepperdine’s Alumni Association. You can find more information on how to register for an Alumni Email account at the Pepperdine Alumni website.

After your student email address expires, no mail will be received at your student address. To make a smooth transition, the Alumni Association recommends:

  1. Set up your new alumni e-mail address
  2. Forward your mail in Wavenet to a new email address. Note: use Internet Explorer for this step.
  3. Set up an out-of-office message in your Pepperdine Email (accessed through Wavenet) account informing all your contacts of your graduation and of your new email address. Log into Wavenet click on Options, and then update your Out of Office Assistant.

Graduating 3Ls — WaveNet/Email Access Suspends 8/13/2015

Please note that upon graduation, your access to WaveNet and all other services related to your WaveNet credentials will be suspended 90 days later. This suspension also applies to your Pepperdine University email account.

This year’s graduation date for the School of Law is May, 15, 2015.

The access suspension date for the School of Law May 2015 graduates will be August 13, 2015.

All graduates will get reminder notices about their pending WaveNet account suspension from an automated system 90 days, 60 days, and the final notice 30 days from their suspension date.

Please make sure that you have an alternate email address setup with an auto reply with that information on your Pepperdine student email account to ensure that those who are attempting to reach you (prospective employers, lottery prize award officials, etc.) can do so.

If you would like to setup forwarding for your current student email address to another address, you can do so here: https://alumni.pepperdine.edu/email-forwarding

If you are interested in getting a Pepperdine Alumni email account (to which you can forward your current student email address) you can begin that process here: http://www.pepperdine.edu/alumni/benefits-services/email/ 

The above link (http://www.pepperdine.edu/alumni/benefits-services/email/) will also provide helpful instructions on how to move your current student email and contact information to a different email account.

CALIFORNIA INCLINE: Long Term Closure – April 20, 2015 to April 2016

Traffic concerns ahead!

Please note a major construction project on the California Incline begins Monday, April 20 and is projected to last for the next twelve months.  This project will affect the commute to and from the constructionMalibu campus for those living in Santa Monica and the surrounding communities.

Note that this project will affect commutes during final exams.  You should plan accordingly.  In addition, for 1Ls and 2Ls choosing where to live next year, please note that the construction will affect traffic flow throughout the next twelve months.

See more details HERE.

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.

Law Office Tech — Wireless Scanner from Fujitsu

I have long been a fan of getting the right tool for the job and if it’s a scanner, it better be the right scanner.  Several years ago after nearly two decades of working with all kinds of flatbed, handheld, upright, and enterprise network scanners, I was introduced to the (now discontinued) Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500.  After implementing it here at the School of Law for the Dean’s office, we found that others had similar needs and now a number of offices have this amazing time-saving device.

Fujitsu iX100

Fujitsu iX100

I recently saw a lawyer’s review of Fujitsu’s latest wireless mobile scanner, the ScanSnap iX100.  Since this is a family of products I have years of positive personal experience with, I am pleased to share this review in hopes that others will find similar success and efficiency through what I believe to be a powerful tool.

I’m no shill for Fujitsu, though I have had great success with scanners, printers, and computers from this company.  I believe Fujitusu is possibly one of the greatest scanner manufacturers and anyone looking for a reliable scanner will find their products to be very reliable if not excellent.  Additionally, it’s important to note that I don’t get a benefit in any way from anyone in promoting this product or any product.

The review (http://www.paperlesschase.com/fujitsu-ix100-scanner-review/) 

ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT Badness!

MALWARE, PHISHING, VIRUSES: It’s true, there are bad people out there that will do bad things to your computer and by extension, to you.  And yes, they make it very easy for even the most sophisticated to fall prey to their shenanigans.  But in the end, it all comes down to what YOU DO.

There’s a great resource for this topic at “Staysafeonline.org

Remember the cost of lax security is no security.  Just as the saying of “liberty fails when good people do nothing”… yeah a bad paraphrase … so it is with your computer.  If you do nothing to maintain your system, you will find it will function worse and worse over time. YOU MUST KEEP IT UP TO DATE and you must use restraint to NOT CLICK ON THAT ENTICING STUFF that claims to be from a friend you never knew, or from a system administrator from your bank or elsewhere. Just don’t do it.

NOT SO SMART THINGS: In addition to the above “badness” there is the innocent badness that comes from happy (and sad) people adding software that they don’t NEED to have to their computers.  Yes the same computers that they are relying upon for LAW SCHOOL notes, LAW SCHOOL exams, and maybe even the BAR EXAM! These people are adding variables to their systems that can cause real problems down the line on their computers.  Don’t install a bunch of games, music and video applications, and file sharing applications and expect your system to be reliable. All these additional variables ADD TO YOUR RISK for Badness.  When you find out that Spotify or uTorrent or your Minecraft server were responsible for your crash in your remedies final exam or the loss of your Torts outline, you will not be happy. You will be sad. Sad due to Badness.

The fewer variables you have on your system, the fewer chances you have of badness.

If you HAVE to HAVE a computer for games.  We strongly suggest a second computer.

Using your Phone/Tablet with WiFi at Pepperdine

Many new students don’t realize that if they register their devices as Data Plan Blues“GUEST USER” on the university wireless network they will need to register again the next day.  Guest WiFi network registration expires every 24 hours.

If you register as an authenticated user (enter your wavenet ID and password), your registration will last much longer (up to a year if you are a frequent user on the network).

Note that with the WiFi data, you will save on your device’s data plan limits.

Once the temporary “Guest” registration expires after 24 hours, make sure you select “Current Students, Faculty, and Staff” on the https://wavesconnect.pepperdine.edu site.

NOTE: you cannot re-register a device after it is already registered.  It must time-out first so don’t try to re-register until your Guest access expires.  If you run into trouble, please call the University Help Desk at (310) 506-HELP or 310-506-4357.

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Game Systems on the Network (residence halls)

In order to connect your gaming console to the University Network, you must first register the device.

It is very similar to registering your computer or smart phone except you must enter the “media access control” or MAC address manually using a device like your computer or smartphone.

Go to https://wavesconnect.pepperdine.edu 

and select the “Game and DVR Devices” link and follow the instructions.
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Enter your network login ID, your network password and your game system or other device’s MAC address and you’ll soon be in business.  Keep in mind, you have to do this once a year for these kinds of devices.  It’s not permanent.

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If you need help finding your MAC address for your system, check out this resource.