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This is a hypothetical example of the kind of minor violation I'm talking about. This is not an actual situation.

Suppose a company has the rights to use some music videos, so a boss tells an employee to use a grabber app to download the videos from YouTube. The employee says "Although we have permission to use the videos, it is technically still a violation of YouTube's licensing agreement to download them, and therefore I cannot get them this way." The boss fires the employee for refusing to do the work, and the employee alleges that this is wrongful termination/whistleblower protection because they were following the law.

Is there a possibility the court could say something like "This is a technicality that millions of people violate every day, and even Google seemingly doesn't really care. You should have just done as you were told." Or would they be more likely to say "The law is the law no matter what, and the employee was right to refuse to break it."

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    A court would never rule to say "well everybody else does it, so should you, even though it's illegal". That sets precedence, and Google would get involved very quickly. – Ron Beyer Jan 18 at 17:22

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