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Monday, September 12, 2005

Copyright and eMail (or another way how you and\or your company can get sued for big Buck$

Have you ever read an article on-line, liked it and forwarded it to a few friends or colleagues? You may be committing copyright infringement. From the Star Tribune, a timely caution about sending copyrighted material through e-mail.
Ask Legg Mason, the investment management firm, which was hit with a nearly $20 million judgment for repeatedly violating the copyright of a newsletter publisher. The company systematically forwarded electronic copies of the newsletter, without permission, to employees...For every Legg Mason whose case goes to trial, there are many more companies, large and small, that might have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars, more or less, when they are caught redistributing newsletters or articles, by e-mail or otherwise, without the publishers' permission.
Don't you wish those darned "caring angel" e-mails were copyrighted, now?
More below:
The Next Gotcha [Star Tribune]

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