Good corporate citizens respect the property of others, including copyright

Article by Michael Rasmussen published in Compliance & Ethics Professional, March/April 2013.

  • Organizations are under pressure to mitigate reputational risk and conduct their business in a socially responsible manner.
  • The heightened focus on corporate social responsibility (CSR) now includes a greater awareness of—and respect for copyrighted material and intellectual property rights.
  • To truly include a respect for copyright in any CSR initiative, companies must implement the right policies, training, processes, and monitoring tools.
  • By failing to centrally define, communicate, and manage these practices, companies risk violating the copyrights and intellectual property of others.
  • In an increasingly digital workplace, companies can leverage copyright respect as a manageable pillar upholding their more general corporate responsibility.


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