'Dr. Phil' Case Shows Limits Of Employer Enforcement Power

Law360, New York (July 27, 2017, 11:05 AM EDT) -- It's not an uncommon phenomenon. An employer believes that its hard-earned assets have been stolen by an employee, and wants to recover them, or at least determine for sure what happened. In 2014, Dr. Phil McGraw, better known to TV viewers as "Dr. Phil," apparently was speaking to a group of people on a plane. A nine-second excerpt of the conversation was recorded. According to the production company, Peteski Productions, the video is "made for hire work by Peteski" and is therefore copyrighted. Peteski has sued a former employee, Leah Rothman, for  allegedly stealing a copy of the video clip from...

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