August 16, 2007
Speaker warns Cowley students of online dangers
C.L. Lindsay, a nationally acclaimed leader in
the field of student rights and academic freedom, spoke to a large group
of students during Cowley College’s New Student Orientation held Wednesday in the Robert
Lindsay, the founder of the Coalition for Students and Academic Rights (CO-STAR), has helped thousands of college students with their legal problems, free-of-charge. He is also the author of The College Student's Guide to the Law: Get a Grade Changed, Keep Your Stuff Private, Throw a Police-Free Party, and more.
Lindsay discussed federal copyright laws, the No Electronic Theft (NET) Act, and the RIAA, which sues people for downloading music. He also discussed the many forms of plagiarism.
One of his main points was that if you can get in trouble for it off-line, then you can get in trouble for it on-line. Online communities have no privacy, things students post on their MySpace accounts can be viewed by college officials and employers.
He warned students not to post photos of themselves engaged in illegal activities and to not include a physical address on their web page. He also told them to assume anything they put online will stay there forever.
His presentation included a slide show that demonstrated some of the bad decisions students have made by posting photos or information that could come back to haunt them on their web site.