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Employees can engage their businesses in online piracy lawsuits


According to Entrepreneur magazine, there have been a number of recent lawsuits naming thousands of Americans for illegally uploading and downloading materials in violation of copyright laws in the United States.

These illegal pirating acts can affect small businesses as well, with employees logging on to an employer's internet connection and illegally downloading materials, thereby making the business responsible for the illegal content, said the magazine.

Stewart Kellar, a legal expert on copyright matters, told the source small businesses can protect themselves from being a part of these mass lawsuits, but they need to have an Internet Usage/Copyright Infringement component as part of their business insurance policy.

Professional liability insurance can also serve as a form of protection for these businesses with rogue employees. A policy might be able to make the employee liable for their act, instead of their employer.

While many small businesses are trying to protect themselves from employees who engage in illegal downloading, a band of small business owners formed Engine Advocacy, joining together to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act, which would potentially censor the websites of many, reported a blog post from Reuters.

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