Firstly lets not call it murder, thats only a little bit distasteful to compare the two.
Secondly, copying to a personal device for personal use... is that illegal?
Either way we are talking about this being used publically, where there are strict rules on.
Edit: Fully agree Localz
My experience with this is, it's a losing battle.
Refuse to copy the CD for them, they'll find someone else to do it (either in school or at home).
Tell them they can't play DVDs at the end of term and you're likely to get you head bitten off.
If they ask you to do something that you know it illegal, you should refuse.
If they get uppity about it, go to your line manager and tell them you are being asked, or even pressured, into committing an illegal act that not only could land the school in trouble but also personally affects you, and that is why you refuse to do it.
If the Head of the school orders you to do it, well, I'd go over their head to the Governors and tell them what was happening; any person who is directing you to perform illegal acts should not be running a school!
What are they going to do? Sack us The industrial tribunal and local press coverage for that would be a bloodbath...
I was obviously using murder as an extreme example, however courts often give out sentences for theft that are equivalent to the sentence given out for murder. Eg. Armed Robbery, 20 years to life.
And of course real life pirates do murder people.
People who like to call infringement theft have this broad view that using something without permission of an authority figure equals theft. They've stretched the term from simply "stealing someone else's property" to include "stealing someone else's choice in letting you copy 'their content'" and "stealing someone else's ability to make money off of the 'content' you're using."
I still come back to the original point, excuses are not getting around the rules, and so 'well we couldn't keep on top of it because they had coursework' will not hold up in court. Importantly we worked with the staff and students to arrange suitable solutions, the above is an example on one such.
Whether it's infringement, theft, murder or whatever, the fact still remains that whether you agreee with it or not, it's illegal and we should not be doing it or condoning anyone that does. Any requests, instructions, or pressure from staff to do so should be directed to a higher authority or simply met with a flat refusal to do it.
Incidentally, if you were unable to download the music track etc. Would they expect you to go into HMV and steal the CD for them?