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Downloading music files

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Q. One of our employees downloads music from the Internet and uses it in PowerPoint presentations. Should I be concerned? J.M., Virginia

A. Yes, stop it immediately, unless you think these pirated sound clips add $150,000 of value to his presentations each time he uses one. The music industry is aggressively pursuing those who download music files from the Internet, and you just might find yourself with a federal lawsuit to defend.

Recent example: Four students attending different universities were charged in federal court with violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which allows the music industry to demand that Internet service providers search their systems for evidence that subscribers are illegally copying copyrighted materials. Each student faces penalties of $150,000 per song downloaded.

The Recording Industry Association and the Motion Picture Association of America recently warned Fortune 1000 companies that they are responsible for what goes on over their computer systems. That clearly is a signal that the entertainment industry is getting tough. Don’t let it be at your expense.

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