This is just a quick public service announcement and one not too new. We have seen a number of postings on a local listserv that says that students have been accessing pirated movies on Google Drive. All you need to do is search Google Drive + Popular Movie Title and that is about it. Check out the GIF below as I find Avengers: Endgame on Google Drive.There are a couple of items to be worried about.
- Putting pirated movies on Google Drive is illegal and Google (not the school/district) could shut the account down – permanently
- Putting movies that are protected by copyright on any server for a lot of people (or even just yourself) to view is simply illegal
- Students looking for this content could accidentally find malware, viruses or phishing scams so be careful.
You can probably find this activity pretty easily by monitoring your network and filter by who is using the most bandwidth, but I would think twice about announcing this to students as there may be some who are unaware of the practice.