Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Report released detailing congressional employees' illegal downloading habits, CSI and Glee among most popular

We don't often discuss intellectual property issues here; though acts of copyright violation are a crime, the cases usually play out in civil suits. Also, there are many excellent blogs that already discuss the complexities of IP law, so we generally just avoid it altogether. However, there was one interesting release yesterday that I thought it worth noting.

Scaneye, a service which "monitors BitTorrent network mainly for statistic purposes," released a report today showing a list of TV shows and movies downloaded over the House of Representatives' network. Among the more popular were CSI: New York, Glee, and Australian soap opera Home and Away.

It's always interesting to see what is learned about the Internet activities of government employees. For example, the Missile Defense Agency had to remind employees why they should not watch porn at work only a few months back:

These actions are not only unprofessional, they reflect time taken away from designated duties, are in clear violation of federal and DoD and regulations, consume network resources and can compromise the security of the network though the introduction of malware or malicious code.


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