CTO Updates September 2014


Western Michigan University values the exchange of ideas and respects the intellectual work and property of others. Consistent with these values, WMU does not tolerate or condone plagiarism or copyright violations.

All Western Michigan Students, faculty and staff, and any other users of WMU's computing systems and networks are required to abide by the copyright laws of the United States, and the computing and network policies of WMU. It is almost always illegal to use file sharing software, or other means, to download copyrighted music, movies and videos, without the express permission of the owners of those media. Copying and distributing copyrighted software is also illegal unless permission has been given by the copyright owner.

Users of WMU's computing systems and networks have individual responsibility for their use of resources and may have civil and/or criminal charges brought against them for copyright violations.

WMU complies with the Digital Millennium Copy Act and cooperates with copyright owners and their agents who file complaints alleging copyright infringement. Student infringers are referred to the University's Office of Student Conduct and faculty and staff infringers are referred to their departments and/or supervisors for disciplinary action. Network access privileges may be revoked for habitual infringers.

WMU has an interest in protecting legitimate uses of file sharing and copyrighted materials, as well as protecting the security of our networks. We appreciate your attention to appropriate use of our computing resources. See more information regarding file sharing and copyright.

If you have any questions, or comments, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at tom.wolf@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3838. Or, you can tweet me at @tomwolfjr. Go WMU! Go Broncos!

Adobe update: A link is now available in the GoWMU software downloads channel that contains instructions for faculty and staff wishing to purchase a home use copy of Adobe Creative Cloud.

Bronco Bash: I want to thank everyone who visited the IT Help Desk booth at Bronco Bash this year. If you happened to stop by, I would love to hear what you thought of the 387-HELP USB car chargers that IT was giving away this year. I also want to thank Sue Brodasky and the Help Desk team for not only organizing the IT booth, but also for getting everyone to safety before the near tornado-like weather arrived on campus. Weather aside, I really enjoyed walking around Bronco Bash and feeling the sense of community and school spirit. It truly was a great day to be a Bronco!

Camtasia Relay: WMU's lecture capture solution, Camtasia Relay, has been renamed and rebranded by the vendor to TechSmith Relay. The product functionality was recently expanded to the point that the vendor felt a name change was justified. In the vendor's own words: "This represented where we've been, where we are, and where we're going. Originally Camtasia Relay took Camtasia technology from the Camtasia Studio "recording, editing, and sharing" product and expanded it to be an organization wide video creation and distribution system. "Relaying" Camtasia content around your organization is what Camtasia Relay did. Today, we do much more. We aren't limited to Camtasia content, video created with TechSmith Relay, Fuse, Snagit, and Coach's Eye can be relayed across your organization. In short, Camtasia Relay has grown up to become TechSmith Relay and will allow your organization to create and distribute your content with ease".