Complacent IT professionals could be putting their companies at risk of suspended internet service or worse by ignoring delayed anti-piracy legislation according to research commissioned by Star, a provider of on-demand cloud computing and communication services to UK businesses.
The survey shows 43 per cent of IT professionals themselves download or
stream copyrighted material. Eight per cent admit to doing so at work.
The survey shows few IT professionals agree with the premise of pending
copyright legislation. Only 26 per cent think it should be illegal to
download any copyrighted information in the UK.
Paul Watson, Interim CEO, Star said “Delays to first SOPA/PIPA and now
the Digital Economy Act (DEA) could increase what are already dangerous levels of complacency about downloading or streaming
copyrighted material among the UK’s IT professionals. Regardless of
their personal views about the legitimacy of the delayed Digital Economy
Act IT professionals can rest assured that piracy controls will be
implemented. A failure to lead by example now could result in the
organisations for which they work being subject to suspended internet
service or worse in the future.”
Survey respondents were asked who they considered should be held
responsible for the downloading or streaming of copyrighted content in
their organisations. 59 per cent think the individual perpetrator should
be held responsible. Those that think the organisation should be held
responsible are split mainly between thinking the IT manager should be
responsible (11 per cent) and the board should be responsible (24 per