Games are a key component of class. There's an effort to have many games in the computer lab that encourage critical thinking and avoid the (usually) mindless "shoot-em up" games. One game the students play is called "Same GNOME" by Callum McKenzie. It's a critical thinking game where the goal is to remove objects from the screen in a collective way leaving as few objects remaining as possible, thus increasing the score. The game uses graphical themes for objects, such as colored balls and planets. We decided to learn how to edit those graphical themes to customize the game.
A student then asked a question which illustrates a pervasive defaulting view in regard to the world of copyright. He is concerned about creating new themes and editing existing themes. He asks -
"What if they find out?"
We spoke about Same GNOME - released under the GNU GPL. I mentioned that we would simply be editing the graphics in class and not try to pass them off under our names to deceive people. After we talked a little about free software and the motives often found in those who create it, I ask the class what they think "they" will do if they "find out."
A young lady responds -
"Nothing. They'll just be happy."