Copyright Infringer Employer or Employee?
When a piece of work faces plagiarism and the infringer is an employee or a hired contractor, the employer is held responsible for this act. Hence, he is liable of punishment for the violation of the Copyright Law.
The copyright owner can appeal in the court for this infringement against the employee or consultant for authorizing the violation of copyright by the employer; the employer on the basis of his responsibility for the acts of his hired persons; any person who allows the performance in public of a literary, musical or any other work without the consent of the copyright holder; anyone who assists in the unlawful reproduction of a tangible work by a copyright infringer.
The employer is most likely to be charged for plagiarism as he should be monitoring the acts of his employees or consultants and is financially stable enough to afford the legal expenses and pay for the damages to the owner of copyright. Compensation for the damages caused by such an infringement is not fixed in the Copyright Law, it depends on the conditions and circumstances. These are generally determined by the commercial values. Either the alleged work is copied …