Illegal music and movies at work

High-speed networks allow employees to easily download and swap copyrighted music and movies — entertainment industry warns employers could be held liable
||Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Hollywood and the music industry is taking its battle against copyright infringement into the workplace.

In an effort to fight Internet song and movie swapping, trade groups representing record labels, movie studios, songwriters and music publishers are sending a letter to the corporate world asking organizations to prevent employees from downloading songs, movies and other digital files.

“We urge you to take whatever steps necessary to ensure that your network is not being misused or infringe copyrighted works,” the letter said. “Using technology to steal music and movies is no different than walking into a store and shoplifting a CD or DVD.”