Technology Talk: I’m Singing Those MP3 Downloading, Scumware Blues Internet and e-mail policy documents should be relatively simple and straightforward. Done correctly, a document can fit on a single printed page and should apply to everyone within your organization. The policy should begin by warning everyone that employees have no expectation of privacy and include the following simple ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2002
Technology Talk: I’m Singing Those MP3 Downloading, Scumware Blues
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Professional Issues & Training / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Technology Talk
Article   |   October 01, 2002
Technology Talk: I’m Singing Those MP3 Downloading, Scumware Blues
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2002, Vol. 12, 16-17. doi:10.1044/aas12.3.16
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2002, Vol. 12, 16-17. doi:10.1044/aas12.3.16
Internet and e-mail policy documents should be relatively simple and straightforward. Done correctly, a document can fit on a single printed page and should apply to everyone within your organization. The policy should begin by warning everyone that employees have no expectation of privacy and include the following simple rules:
However, the proliferation of the use and play of MP3 music files raise some rather interesting ethical and legal questions.
Much has been written lately about MP3, most of which deals with threats to copyright compliance and commercial piracy. What makes MP3 (short for MPEG I Layer 3) such a threat is the combination of high quality and small size. The average MP3 file is only a tenth the size of the original CD quality file, reducing the size ratio from about 10 MB per minute (16-bit, 44.1 kHz stereo) to 1 MB per minute. Though still too large to stream on a dialup modem, these files can be downloaded in a more reasonable size. And, if a user has a highspeed connection, such as a DSL or direct Ethernet connection, he or she can listen to these files in real time as they are downloaded.
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