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The guide outlines the benefits to companies of cracking down on illegal downloads, such as avoiding potential legal risks, lowering security risks, preserving systems resources and employee time.

RIAA, MPAA, IFPI TARGET ILLEGAL WORKPLACE DOWNLOADERS

Big Brother Is Watching Where You Work
The entertainment industry is looking over your shoulder and not just whether you’re surfing vividvideo.com on your company’s high-speed DSL.

The music and motion picture trade organizations have targeted workplace downloaders with their latest anti-piracy initiatives.

And you thought the impending war with Iraq was our biggest worry.

The RIAA and MPAA have published a brief guide to assist U.S. companies in preventing copyright abuse on their computers and networks. Though it stops short of telling us how to order Viagra and add three inches to our girth.

"A Corporate Policy Guide to Copyright Use and Security on the Internet" will be delivered to Fortune 1000 Companies next week, and is soon to be made into a major motion picture.

IFPI, the trade body representing the recording industry worldwide, drafted the brochure for distribution overseas.

The guide outlines the benefits to companies of cracking down on illegal downloads, such as avoiding potential legal risks, lowering security risks, preserving systems resources and employee time, while clearing the system to facilitate access to porn.

Companies could face substantial penalties if convicted of copyright infringement. Last April Arizona-based Integrated Information Systems Inc. paid a $1 million settlement after employees were found to be distributing thousands of infringing music files on the company server.

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