Blogging and Copyright
My Sun.Star column about Blog Copyright and Ethics has caught the attention of a fellow blogger. If posting a snippet or two from a another person's or entity site may be considered as fair use, anything that is sent in private, unless requested to be forwarded and is an original work of the person requesting, should be distributed or published with permission of the author or copyright owner in an email, blog, website, or newsgroup.
Bloggers, on the other hand, can be sued for libel or copyright violation as an individual. If they are using company resources for committing such, that is the time that their companies can be liable too.
The thing is, those fired did not actually committed copyright violations or such, they just wrote something you would expect a blogger would write.