Using copyrighted music in the workplaceLocked
Our company is considering creating a music database for our employees. This music database would work like this: An employee could bring in a ‘legal’ copy of music (CD media) and give it to one of us in the IT department to verify it as an original, non-burnt copy, compress it to mp3 format, and upload it to the database. Using Windows Media Player, a user could then go into the music library database and listen to the uploaded music. The general idea being any user could add legal music to the database for any employee to listen to. Obviously, our concern is the liability the company would have since the data would be on company property. Since all this music sharing would be with legal music, how would this be any different than playing a CD over a company-wide stereo system for all to hear? Your thoughts.