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August 19, 2003

Music Industry Could Go After
Your Company for File-Swapping

You've probably heard about the controversy over the music industry's battle against Internet song-swappers. In a recent letter to a U.S. senator, the president of the Recording Industry Association of America pledged that "RIAA is gathering evidence and preparing lawsuits only against individual computer users who are illegally distributing a substantial amount of copyrighted music." See Reuters story.

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Suppose that your employees were surreptitiously swapping songs, not just with their home computers, but with your company's servers. Now suppose that RIAA were to discover that fact -- possibly because of a whistleblower within your company. RIAA might view your company as a tempting target for a copyright-infringement lawsuit, with the intent of making your company into a very public example. (Software industry groups such as the Business Software Alliance have done much the same thing with their anti-piracy campaigns.)

August 19, 2003 in IT Management | Permalink

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