Content of emails should generally not be considered as property, rules UK High Court

Businesses do not have a general claim of ownership over the content in staff emails, a High Court judge has said.Business cannot be said to have an “enforceable proprietary claim” to the contents of emails held by staff unless the content can be considered to be confidential information belonging to a business; unless copyright subsists in the content that belongs to a business, or unless that business has a contractual right of ownership over the content, Mr Justice Edwards-Stuart ruled.

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