Websense.com, which helps businesses such as Microsoft and Nokia manage employee internet use, published a study (press release), "Music: Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Web Sites Grow 300 Percent, Driven by Swapping Movies, Games and More." In other words, games, software and movies are a large percentage of downloads (often very large files), which Websense estimates take place largely in work places, because only 17% of American households have highspeed home connections. Websense suggests limiting P2P application use by network administrators at work.
If this sort of traffic were blocked more at offices, would it mean employees would go home and order DSL or cable? Would they purchase privacy software to limit spyware, to prevent tracking of clickstreams at home? Websense reports that 64 percent of companies don't do any monitoring of employee P2P downloads so it doesn't appear to be a big issue yet. But Integrated Information Systems, an Arizona company, settled a lawsuit out of court for a $1 million with the RIAA over employee stored MP3s.Posted by Mary Hodder at January 25, 2003 04:13 PM