Random thought

Ann Navarro ann at webgeek.com
Mon Sep 13 19:09:56 BST 1999

At 09:45 AM 9/13/99 -0700, Tim Bray wrote:
>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.

We are, just as we're all recipients of C|Net's digital dispatch (if you're
subbed), any other email newsletter, the daily paper newspaper, and letters
from your  Aunt Sophie. Doesn't make them any less protectable under
copyright law. -- That's akin to saying that anything posted on the Web
(via the archives) loses copyright protection, which of course is not the

>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.

Yes, he was. In fact, I talked to him at length on the phone last week, and
latest word, as of this morning,  is that the story is probably too arcane
for their audience (and not nearly as sensational as the "tip" he received
made it out to be). No final decision made yet by the editorial folks. 

That said, I'll be very clear: my participation in this list, or any list,
does not in any way equate to granting unending or irrevocable permission
for someone to repackage and republish my words. 

Passing around emails via forward, or looking things up in the archive is
one thing. *Publishing them* is entirely different. 



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