January 25, 2003
Downloading Movies, Games and Music at the Office May Become More of an RIAA Target

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

Well, the software industry got a handle on corporate piracy years ago when they gave out an 800 number that whistle blowers could call to rat on their bosses for stealing software. They also gave out free auditing software. The RIAA should do the same. If they created a FAQ in which they told corporations how easy it is to block the ports that use Kazaa and co. they would really put a major dent in P2P activity. My guess is that half of P2P activity is in the workplace or on campus. The software industry would audit firms if they were reported and give them the option of buying the software found on their machines or removing it. RIAA should do the same.




Posted by: Jason Calacanis on January 29, 2003 08:06 AM


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