I am an international student who will be joining a graduate program at a US university starting Fall ’18. In my home country, I have used such websites as Library Genesis and BookFi to download textbooks, from such publishers as Springer etc., which are otherwise either not available or available at exorbitantly high prices in my home country.

Is it legal or illegal for graduate students to download books from such websites? Would I get into any trouble if I download textbooks from such websites either from my personal computer or from a university-owned computer?

My university is using cracked OS and software throughout. The school is very huge at 70 hectares and there are buildings everywhere. All of the computers in the computer labs and offices are full of cracked Windows and software¹. In our computer labs, we use a cracked OS and software to program and design circuits. Also, the school is credited as a Center of Development which is a world-wide acknowledgement.

The cracked software tends to crash and produces a lot of errors leading to lots of data loss. Especially when it crashes without warning, and data sometimes can get corrupted.

My question is: How did the school get away with this, and is there a way to report this to authorities? I don’t even think my country cares about software pirating anyway (Philippines). Is there a way to report this so that the software in every computer in the university can be replaced and upgraded?



¹ Everytime we turn on the computers, the first message we see is “Activate Windows Now”, and when we open the programs we use, the first thing you see is the splash screen displaying “Cracked by PerTician Cracker”.

My university is using cracked os and software throughout the whole school. The school is very very huge at 70 hectares and there are buildings everywhere. All of the computers in the computer labs and offices are full of fake windows and software. In our computer labs, we use fake OS and fake software to program and design circuits. ALSO the school is credited as a “Center of Development” which is a world-wide acknowledgement.

My question is how did the school get a way with this and is there a way to report this to authorities? I dont even think my country cares about software pirating anyway (Philippines). Is there a way to report this so that every computer in the university can be replaced and upgraded?

Cracked software tends to crash and produce a lot of errors leading to lots of data loss. Especially when they crash out of nowhere and data sometimes can get corrupted.

I am not prepared to give details in a public forum – I think I need to ask academia.se’s research higher studies community help, in particular senior faculty members, if any.

I would like to explore returning to the pursuit of a terminal degree sometime 2020++ in a field related to my accumulated research work and career credentials with publications and products. I have a major blemish in my overall academic record at my last institution based upon an off-campus incident several years ago which ended in a sentence. At the time of my projected return as a doctoral candidate, the faculty committee recommended suspension, and the admin decided on termination after it became clear I had failed to report it per student policy. Elsewhere on Stack Exch. I have already described the good that came out of that research, and that chapter of my life is now finished.

Can I ask the community if there is any practical chance of pursuing a doctoral program again? If so, When could I approach that, and how could I broach the subject to a new institution?

Thank you.

Researchers which start doing industrial work while continuing independent research are in a delicate position with respect to the part of their contract/employment agreement governing “intellectual property”, confidential employer-owned information and the like. Often, commercial companies are only used to industry-experience-only hires, and have thus gotten away with agreements saying basically “we own everything you do or will do (or have done) that is related to company business”, essentially preventing the employee from ever doing independent research in the field, contributing to FOSS etc.

What I’m looking for here is an example agreement, or part of an agreement, which is reasonably drafted to be fair to the researcher-employee. Something actually used in real life would be great (no need for identifying personal details of course).

I’ve applied to a graduate program at a university in Germany and there is relatively clear evidence indicating that they’ve missed one or even two of my documents in application review based on the responses they’ve given me. Now they are reluctant to reconsidering my application when I resent the documents to them and explained how those documents mean the reason they mentioned for rejection is clearly not true. This is not a subjective thing and it’s completely objective and bureaucratic.

It’s stated on my rejection letter that I could appeal the decision at the court and I have their emails where they explained reasons that are in contradiction with each other about those documents, which could help me make the case. I really like that department and want to have the option to go there later in my academic career, but I’m afraid if I take my complaint to the court, the department may develop some level of animosity towards me.

Do you think I should forget about working in that department if I start an appeal process at the court, or could I assume that everyone could just be adults and behave professionally?

Note that while I asked previously about what possible decisions to take, this is just about the consequences of an appeal at court when it comes to working with the department in the future.

I’ve applied to a graduate program at a university in Germany and there is relatively clear evidence indicating that they’ve missed one or even two of my documents in application review based on the responses they’ve given me. Now they are reluctant to reconsidering my application when I resent the documents to them and explained how those documents mean the reason they mentioned for rejection is clearly not true. This is not a subjective thing and it’s completely objective and bureaucratic.

It’s stated on my rejection letter that I could appeal the decision at the court and I have their emails where they explained reasons that are in contradiction with each other about those documents, which could help me make the case. I really like that department and want to have the option to go there later in my academic career, but I’m afraid if I take my complaint to the court, the department may develop some level of animosity towards me.

Do you think I should forget about working in that department if I start an appeal process at the court, or could I assume that everyone could just be adults and behave professionally?

While reading “Gift of Fire” of Sara Baase, I faced the following scenario and I want a help from you..

• The restaurants pay fees for the music they play, community theaters pay fees for the plays they perform, and large companies routinely pay large fees to other companies for use of patented inventions and technologies? Does this long tradition of paying for intellectual property affect your view of the legitimacy of sharing entertainment on the Web without authorization? Give your reasons.

I’m a sophomore in college, and during finals week of the Spring term I got sick and couldn’t get out of bed. After requesting an Incomplete Work contract to my English professor, she agreed to let me submit a 2-page long reflection paper after the due date only to, later on, write me a second email saying I should write a 4-page paper. She argued that since we didn’t have a final exam and a presentation of said paper was required, it was only “fair” that I wrote a longer essay. My question: is this even legal? I believe what the professor did is not ethical. I feel like she’s trying to teach me a lesson the hard way. Another thing worth mentioning is that I went to the head of the department and said that the very same professor was playing favorites. So, I assume she initially gave me a chance with the contract out of fear since she’s currently seeking tenure within the English department.