I'd definitely recommend having your own camera simply for flexibility and availability of use to practice and be creative. The responsibility and ties of a supplied camera is too much of a pain in the butt to care about. When I was at Uni, I had my own hand held to shoot location tests and...
Yeah if I could give any advice it's that if it's gonna cost you to get it copy protected, don't bother. There isn't really any such thing as copy protection but rather, just making pirates use software to get by it. If someone wants to copy your disc, they will, no matter what you do.
Although we don't personally stock sound effects such as what you're after, when working with clients producing sounds for film and videogames we've come to learn something very important, which would give your film a unique quality.
Record the sounds yourself and take into consideration that...
I definitely think that you have something there.
The movie was interesting enough but there was something lacking that I couldn't quite place.
The lack of conclusion must be it.
Thanks for the interesting post.