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The right to post on YouTube: Is what you do outside work your own business?

By balmainboy 5 March 2009 66

With the dazzling Sydney Mardi Gras parade exploding in colour and pageantry along Oxford Street again this Saturday night, I have heard a disturbing report from my partner’s friend in Canberra.

Apparently an employee who enjoyed shedding his clothes in his spare time and putting the footage up on YouTube for others to enjoy was told to remove the video clip by management.

This is truly outrageous and a gross violation of gay rights.  What he does in his spare time is surely his own business, as long as it does not impinge upon his work.

To the disappointment of more than a thousand people, he complied and the footage was taken down.  Fortunately, an overseas supporter had kept a copy and put it back up, and you can clearly see that it is hardly offensive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PqnicgX510

At a time when Mardi Gras allows us to express ourselves without fear or inhibition, and be proud of what we are, why do we still have to be subjected to draconian measures like these?

Be part of the new Mardi Gras: Our freedom, Your freedom.

Saturday 7 March 2009, 7:45pm, Hyde Park, Sydney

See: http://www.mardigras.org.au

[ED – Readers are warned that the subject here is not their views on homosexuality, but whether an employer should have this level of control over the private lives of their employees]

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jakez 10:48 am 06 Mar 09

Ozpuck said :

jakez said :

That implies that someone has a right to lie. Don’t sign a contract if you don’t mean it.

It’s not just, don’t sign it if you don’t mean it; it’s don’t sign it without reading and understanding it. Just because you think you have a right doesn’t mean you actually do, you may have given it away.

That is exactly what I am saying. What you have just said is not in accord with the last paraagraph of your previous post.

Ozpuck 10:01 am 06 Mar 09

jakez said :

That implies that someone has a right to lie. Don’t sign a contract if you don’t mean it.

It’s not just, don’t sign it if you don’t mean it; it’s don’t sign it without reading and understanding it. Just because you think you have a right doesn’t mean you actually do, you may have given it away.

jakez 9:39 am 06 Mar 09

Ozpuck said :

For most people, their time off work is purely private time. However, many employment contracts and/or workplace codes of conduct require employees to reflect the brand/image/values of their company outside working hours. This means if you do something outrageous, have a visual/audio record, post it on You-Tube or Facebook and people know who you work for, your employer may have a right under your own contract to ask you to take it down.

People’s rights are more wished for than actual. That’s the sad reality.

That implies that someone has a right to lie. Don’t sign a contract if you don’t mean it.

Ozpuck 9:30 am 06 Mar 09

For most people, their time off work is purely private time. However, many employment contracts and/or workplace codes of conduct require employees to reflect the brand/image/values of their company outside working hours. This means if you do something outrageous, have a visual/audio record, post it on You-Tube or Facebook and people know who you work for, your employer may have a right under your own contract to ask you to take it down.

People’s rights are more wished for than actual. That’s the sad reality.

monomania 12:35 am 06 Mar 09

What 2CA and the Raiders have in common is that money to run their businesses comes from outside sources. Right or wrong, players and radio announcers not only need to meet the expectations of their organizations and supporters but also their sponsors. Who knows were the pressure came from on this occasion. Lets face it, it is hardly a gross infringement of the man’s civil rights.

imhotep 10:43 pm 05 Mar 09

Apologies, for Boomcat read ‘Smoothcat’.

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