Boss telling me to break the law.

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    Boss telling me to break the law.

    What should I do when my boss tells me to break the law? In this instance I am being asked to violate copyright law and possibly the CFAA. I am being told to rip copyrighted video and audio from the internet. This seems to me to be a likely violation of copyright law, and is definitely violating the website's terms of service which the justice department seems to believe is a violation of the CFAA.
    I have made my concerns known and have been told that I am wrong. My boss thinks that there is nothing wrong with ripping these videos from websites. They consulted an attorney who told them that there is an expectation that anything placed on the internet could be copied by others.
    This seems like a truly idiotic defense in my eyes.


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    Your boss and his attorney are incorrect. Any original material/video published online is automatically entitled to copyright protection. Unless you have their permission to use their videos, using their videos on your own website is copyright infringement and each video could constitute a "count" in a complaint. Some times an employer will put you in this uncomfortable position but you have to do the legal and ethical thing and refuse.
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