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US Fed Govt Says All Music Downloads Are Theft

BenEnglishAtHome (449670) writes | more than 4 years ago

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BenEnglishAtHome (449670) writes "Nearly all U.S. government employees and contractors are subject to mandatory annual information security briefings. This year the official briefing flatly states that all downloaded music is stolen. The occasionally breathless tone of the briefing and the various minor errors contained therein are funny but the real eye-opener is a "secure the building" exercise where employees stumble across security problems and resolve them. According to the material, the correct response to an employee who is downloading music is to shout "That's stealing!" No mention is made of more-free licenses, public domain works, or any other legitimate download. If this were a single agency or department that had made a mistake in their training material it might not be so shocking. But this is a government-wide training package that's being absorbed by hundreds of thousands of federal employees, both civilian and military.

If you see a co-worker downloading music, they're stealing. Period. Who woulda thunk it?

Somebody should mirror this. Who wants to bet that copies will become hard to find if clued-in technogeeks take notice and start making noise?"

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If nothing else.. (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#29204905)

.. they'd be stealing bandwidth, which is federal property. :)

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