Highlights for Fall 2012
Important items you should be aware of for Fall 2012 include:
Mac OS 10.8
Mac OS version 10.8 (Mountain Lion) was released in July and is widely available on new Apple hardware as well as through Apple's App Store. Current support information about Mountain Lion is available.
AirPennNet, the wireless network deployed throughout Sansom Place East & West and across most of Penn's campus arrived at the end of a multi-year upgrade to its configuration that has enhanced performance and granted access and support for a wider variety of wireless computers and smartphones last summer.
To establish access to AirPennNet, students can make use of a self-service utility that automates the configuration and connection steps for Windows, Macintosh, iPhone, and Android devices. Simply connect to the wireless network listed as "AirPennNet-Help" to establish or repair a connection to AirPennNet.
Additional information is available at: http://www.upenn.edu/computing/wireless/
AirPennNet-Device is a new, unencrypted wireless network designed for devices that cannot be configured to connect to regular AirPennNet in Penn’s residential system. It is meant for Kindles, Nooks, Xbox 360s, PSPs, Playstation 3s, and other devices. ISC is piloting AirPennNet-Device from October 29, 2012 to May 10, 2013 to see if it is feasible to expand throughout the residential system in the future. AirPennNet-Device is currently only available to residents in Sansom Place East, Sansom Place West, Harrison College House, and Rodin College House.
If you live in one of above residences and have a device that cannot be configured for regular AirPennNet, please contact your IT support staff to register the device and connect it to AirPennNet-Device:
- Sansom Place East and Sansom Place West residents should bring devices to the Computing Resource Center located in 202 Sansom West. The CRC's normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m or by appointment from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM. Contact First Call (3-4778) to make an appointment.
- Harrison and Rodin College House residents should bring devices to the College House Computing Help Desk and an ITA Manager will help register and connect the device.
IT staff members must register the device on your behalf. You will not be able to connect to the internet until your device is registered.
Penn InTouch goes mobile
Mobile device users can now access the many services available on Penn InTouch using the recently launched mobile version of that service! The main Penn InTouch site will detect most wireless devices and automatically relaunch them to a mobile version of the service to allow for a faster and easier mobile experience.
Movies, Music, and copyright infringement
The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), passed by Congress in 1998, grants copyright holders of intellectual and artistic property and their agents the right to demand Internet service providers (ISPs) to remove infringing content from their networks when it is found and subject the responsible parties to disciplinary measures. For the purposes of the DMCA, Penn is considered the ISP for all PennNet-connected devices and users.
As well as being a violation of Federal law, copyright infringement violates Penn's Acceptable Use Policy. Penn users found to be infringing on copyrights by illegally sharing music, movies, games, software and other licensed material may be subject to penalties including (but not limited to) fines and/or loss of network privileges. Students may be subject to disciplinary action by the Office of Student Conduct. Employees will be counseled on University copyright policy, and may be subject to action up to and including termination.
Copyright holders have recently become much more active in pursuing violations, and some Penn students and employees have been subjected to lawsuits in which they have been forced to pay large settlements and judgments. If a lawsuit claiming copyright infringement is brought against you, it will be your responsibility to obtain appropriate legal representation.
For more information on DMCA issues at Penn, write to email@example.com
For more information on U.S Copyright law go to: http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/