p2p growth may signal problems for companies
Music Industry News - as it happens
Source: Mi2N - May 8, 2002
There are now around 38,000 p2p web pages, representing growth of more than
535% in the last 12 months. But while most p2p apps and mp3 files are free
to users, companies pay the price for, "illegal employee song swapping" on
corporate networks, says Websense Inc, a Net "management solutions" firm.
Thirty percent of products listed on CNET's "Most Popular" software download
list are p2p applications, says Websense. And that spells trouble for some
"For example, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) recently
announced that Arizona-based Integrated Information Systems Inc. (IIS)
agreed to pay the organization $1 million in lieu of a court trial," it
says. "IIS ran a dedicated server permitting employees to post and share
thousands of copyrighted MP3 files over their company computer network.
"According to Nielsen//NetRatings, workplace Web users take advantage of
high-speed office connections to access MP3s more frequently than at home.
And, at the height of the Napster craze, Napster music swapping software was
found on 20 percent of more than 15,000 work PCs examined, according to
eMarketer.com. Today, the problem has extended beyond Napster. In fact, the
number of users of file sharing applications other than Napster grew 492
percent last October alone, according to Jupiter Media Metrix."
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