Illegal downloading runs rife in workplace – how will his play out with the new ‘oppressive’ Digital Economy Bill in Britain?

Company directors risk fines or conviction if they fail to stop staff from downloading illegal software at work, warns anti-piracy watchdog FAST Iis.

Responding to research from ScanSafe, which showed a 55% hike in workers trying to download illegal software at work, FAST urged companies to tackle issue. Those firms that turned a blind eye could face a criminal trial under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 of 1988.

“Downloading what looks like free software from P2P sites is not recommended. At the very least it’s against the law if the software should be purchased and there’s a high likelihood of malware being a free and silent add-on,” said Fast IiS chief executive John Lovelock.

All firms should make new hires and existing staff agree to an IT policy explaining that action would be taken against any employees using corporate kit illegally.

http://www.cbronline.com/news/illegal_downloading_runs_rife_in_workplace_281009

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2 thoughts on “Illegal downloading runs rife in workplace – how will his play out with the new ‘oppressive’ Digital Economy Bill in Britain?

  1. Steve Woods

    Downloading what looks like free software from P2P sites is not recommended

    Would someone kindly inform FAST that P2P is an acronym for peer-to-peer. Downloads come from one’s peers, not a specific download site. All that torrent tracking sites do is provide a means of accessing such downloads.

    If companies really cared about having no illegal content on their systems, perhaps they should consider moving to Linux and free/open source software.

    In my free time I’m secretary of an IT co-operative and, in the building in which we’re based, I know we;re the only organisation that can honestly say all our software is legal and our licensing up-to-date. Why? Because we only use Linux and free/open source software. 🙂

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  2. Laurel L. Russwurm

    The assumption that all p2p downloading is illegal is downright WRONG. Much p2p is in fact perfectly legal and incredibly good for everyone. Open source software is a good example. Or Project Gutenberg…. which disseminates all the wonderful books in the public domain.

    I’m inclined to doubt the malware scaremongering. PDF files are far more likely to cause security problems and spread malware. I’d guess any p2p malware probably originated from the Media Corporations who are trying to shut down p2p.

    Because their big problem with p2p isn’t really malware or copyright infringement, its competition. Especially since a growing number of content creators are distributing their movies and music online through p2p. (30% of the music industry has gone independent… no wonder they’re running scared.

    If they succeed in outlawing p2p that will stop. Just at the point when our world’s cultures had begun regaining the vibrancy that existed before it was centralized in the hands of a few big distributors.

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