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Date:      Tue, 19 Jul 2011 08:55:39 +0200
From:      Damien Fleuriot <>
To:        Frank Bonnet <>
Cc:        "" <>
Subject:   Re: Tools to find "unlegal" files ( videos , music etc )
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On 19 Jul 2011, at 08:15, Frank Bonnet <> wrote:

> Wow wow !!! I did not want to start a flame war with my post ...
> Things for me are clear :
> In France it's illegal and I have my boss's instruction :
> - find and delete the files that's all.

Bon courage then...

A file can not be illegal per se, so you won't be able to detect these by lo=
oking up names or contents.

Even then, if a file is labeled as personal, privacy protection applies and i=
t is *unlawful* for you to process it.
(That is in the same way that your employer is strictly forbidden from peeki=
ng inside your email messages clearly labeled as personal, even if they were=
 received on your work mailbox.)

You may however force the user to delete it as it's got nothing to do on a w=
ork file server and is possibly forbidden  by your IT policy.
You may also delete it yourself in accordance with your TOS / IT policy but y=
ou should exercise this with care and get a written request from your boss b=

You may want to look for files that are unusually large.
They could possibly be ISOs, dvdrips, HD movie dumps...

Note that, again, just because a file exists and is a certain type doesn't m=
ake them illegal.
I myself have several ISOs at work including dumps of our windows XP CDs, wi=
n7 upgrade disks, and specialised lawyer software.

We have the same problem here with users sharing movies on the file servers,=
 and what makes it worse is some of their movie files are legit because they=
're, for example, official trailers that are reworked and redistributed to o=
ur customers.

You won't win this, tell your boss it can not be done.

Out of curiosity what kind of copyright infringement notice did you guys rec=
eive ?
Are the files served to the public ?=

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