Portfolio Project Option 1 - Running Head INTERNET POLICY PROPOSALS Employee Use of Internet At Work Policy Proposals Kelly Moriarty MGT 320 3 The Legal

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Running Head: INTERNET POLICY PROPOSALS Employee Use of Internet At Work: Policy Proposals Kelly Moriarty MGT 320 - 3 The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business Colorado State University - Global Campus Professor Marie Halvorsen-Ganepola May 5, 2017 1
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Employee Use of Internet at Work TO: Ashley Davis, Chief Executive Officer FROM: Kelly Moriarty DATE: May 5, 2017 SUBJECT: Employee Use and Abuse of the Internet In today’s world, the use of email and the internet are at the crux of business communications. Having consistent access to the world wide web and email makes business more efficient, effective, and productive. However, businesses can become liable if employees misuse the internet or their business email accounts. Torts and Liabilities Tort law is a set of laws that provides remedies to people who have been caused harm by the unreasonable acts of another (Johnson & Lau, 2014). The premise of this set of laws is that people, including businesses and government bodies, are liable for the consequences of their actions. This is applicable even if the harm caused was unintentional. Specific examples of internet misconduct committed by employees that could result in torts and liabilities for the employer include harassment, defamation, libel, slander, copyright infringement, and negligence. Negligence Negligence is the terms used to describe the failure of a person or a company to take proper precaution and care while doing something. The four elements of negligence include the presence of a Duty of Care, someone breaching their Duty, the breach directly causes harm, and damages. A specific example of where employee use of the internet led to a negligent tort case includes Doe Vs. XYC Corp. In this specific example, an employee was illegally uploading child pornography to the internet via their work computer system, which would be classified as a blue collar crime. The employer was sued because they had failed to take action against the illegal 2
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Employee Use of Internet at Work activity. This lack of attentive employee internet usage monitoring led to harm being caused to children in addition to a massive lawsuit. Copyright Infringement Intellectual Property is a complex, multi-faceted topic that requires acute attention. In general, there are two forms of intellectual property, including industrial property and copyright property. Industrial property includes but is not limited to patents, trademarks, and designs. On the other hand, copyright property includes things such as music, literary, and artistic works. These forms of intellectual property are protected in the Copyright Clause of the Constitution. This clause states that Congress may “promote the Progress of Science and Useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventor’s the Exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries” (U.S. Const. art. I, §8).
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