I have a polygraph coming up with a three letter agency TS and I’ve been doing the inevitable soul searching of every crime I’ve committed.
Although in the SF86 it did not specifically specify illegal downloading, the follow up phone call with OPM did ask about it and I said no thinking I was fine.
However, I’ve downloaded roughly 10-15 songs/individual movie scene clips from youtube throughout highschool up to a year now through video editing apps, mainly for school assignments that require me to do stuff for media projects.
I’m not sure what I’ve done, is this copyright infringement? piracy? I’ve never distributed, I give credit to the original creators, and I’ve always thought this fell under ‘fair use’ since I was using it for educational purposes (school) and not selling it?
Should I call and update my SF86 with this information, tell the polygrapher before the exam? Or am I overvolunteering unnecessary stuff?
I want to be as candid as possible but I don’t know where the line is between being honest in the security process and shooting yourself in the foot…