Random thought

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Mon Sep 13 18:43:18 BST 1999

At 09:16 AM 9/13/99 -0400, Ann Navarro wrote:
>ObCopyrightIssues --- however, even though it's a "public list" with
>"public archives" that doesn't mean anyone's free to go and republish
>pieces as they see fit, without gaining permission of participants. 

I disagree.  I don't think you can stop republication of email that's
been sent to a known-to-be-public mailing list.  I base this on the
fact that it is very nearly impossible for the sender of a private
email to stop the recipient from printing it.  We are all recipients
of all this email.

It's an open secret that there's a journalist from C|Net who's been
tipped off that there's maybe a story here and has been sniffing around.
I pointed him at the archive when he contacted me.  Mind you, I think it
would take Woodward & Bernstein combined to the power of 10 to dig out 
the multiple levels of story here and package it up in language that's
comprehensible to people who aren't already obsessive about markup. -Tim

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