Methods to eliminate ripping music onto PC

July 16, 2009 at 08:36:57
Specs: Windows XP, Intel P4/2 GB RAM
Hello everyone. I have a Windows XP Professional computer that had some music ripped onto it and this shouldn't have been done. I honestly have no way of knowing if Windows Media Player was the program used except for the fact that it's the only software on the PC that can rip music and the files were (I believe) .wma files.

What I'm wondering is if there are any known good ways to keep this type of thing from happening. I'm certain the music was ripped from a CD. I know that it could just have easily been downloaded from the Internet or copied via a flash drive. I'm wondering if there might be a way to use Local Computer Policy to setup a policy not allowing ripping of CD's or something like that. Or if you know of any software to lock down a PC let me know that, too.


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#1
July 16, 2009 at 09:00:05
IMO, if you have a user that can't abide by your rules I wouldn't allow them access to the computer at all. That goes even if it is your kids.

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#2
July 16, 2009 at 09:34:33
Setup a admin account(YOU) with password then set up user account with limited access for anyone else using the pc.

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#3
July 16, 2009 at 09:58:01
The PC is on a network. The user logs into a domain. There is a computer usage policy and who knows if he's read it/signed it. I wonder if limited access would actually keep him from ripping music. I think it was an honest mistake, of sorts, on his part. I don't think he would have done it if he'd truly known what could have possibly happened to him (reprimand or even termination). I'm more interested in just taking away the temptation, if possible, by limiting what users of that PC can do on it. Each user of the PC will have local admin rights due to how things are setup here right now so giving him limited user access isn't an option.

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#4
July 16, 2009 at 10:07:07
Simple. Inform him that his actions have been noted and any future incidents will be dealt with according to the policy. Have him read and sign (in front of you) whatever policy you have in place. If you don't have the authority to do so then get someone who does...

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#5
July 16, 2009 at 10:19:28
That's great, however the manager over the group of employees who use that PC wants to know if there's a way to eliminate the ability for any of them to do what this one employee has done - rip music from a CD onto the PC's hard drive. Any ideas on how to do that?

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#6
July 16, 2009 at 11:37:49
There are surely ways to lock down the computer. That said, you may not want to do what is needed. Using the CD drive for one. Using Windows Media Player for another. The list can go on and on.

As you pointed out, the file may have come from the internet to start. Are you going to block internet usage.

Might be best to install monitoring software and inform all employees of that.


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#7
July 16, 2009 at 11:49:32
If it is a situation where the employee brought his own music in on CD or whatever, and put it on "his or her" machine (not a public one) to have available where they are working all day, then trying to fight that would be a too little hard-nose (especially if employees are allowed to use iPods/MP3 players/portable radios elsewhere). I worked in a place that actually encouraged use of aforementioned, since it kept employees from venturing into areas they weren't supposed to be in. If, however, it's a situation where they illegally downloaded music to the machine, then that would best be handled by site-filters and a stern warning to all employees. Just my unsolicited 2ยข worth...

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#8
July 16, 2009 at 13:42:54
Setup as kiosk.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#9
July 16, 2009 at 17:34:19
Remove media player

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#10
July 21, 2009 at 07:41:20
or...If the user only inserted a CD then go into Media Player's , Tools, Options, Rip Music and set it's settings to Not "Rip CD when inserted", Click Ok.

Bryan


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