Employees today are active online in a dizzying number of ways. They often send hundreds of e-mails a day and may also post to industry blogs, communicate via social media, conduct webinars or participate in other online forums. In each instance, a copyright violation can be just a mouse click away. It’s a hidden risk that far too few employees understand.
Sharing electronic information has become a mainstay of corporate life, and as a result the risk of digital copyright infringement has grown exponentially. Something as simple as forwarding an e-mail attachment can result in seven-figure settlements. The lawsuits seldom make headlines because companies involved are understandably shy about publicizing their missteps, but those who keep a close eye on copyright related cases say they are increasingly common and offer a litany of cautionary tales.