Friday, October 27, 2006

Bootlegging, Piracy, and Your Employees

Elizabeth W. Carroll, writing in the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter, on the dangers of employees downloading the property of others:

Employers are responsible for their employees' acts through a doctrine known as vicarious liability. In the same way that you might be responsible if your company truck driver slammed into the back of an unsuspecting bus full of children, you can be responsible if your mail clerk sits down at the computer and downloads bootleg copies of Pirates of the Caribbean.

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