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Re: feedback on intellectual rights and ethics

Nov 13, 1997 06:28 PM
by Dr. A.M.Bain

In message <>, Bart Lidofsky
<> writes
>       I think you misunderstand. Eldon was talking about requiring permission
>for cross-posting. In other words, if someone writes a message on
>theos-l, then somoene should not post or quote in on theos-world without
>permission of the original writer; after all, if the original writer had
>wanted it on theos-l, s/he could have posted it him/herself.

Not if the original writer did not subscribe to theos-l, or had no
knowledge of theos-l.  In any case, in the real world of cyberspace,
people are forwarding messages and e-mail all the time.  I could say,
for example, that this e-mail is entirely my copyright, and that you may
not, under any circumstances, quote it in your reply, notwithstanding
that all the subscribers to theos-l will have been able to read it.

You could forward it to any other mailing list I know nothing about, and
I would probably not discover that you had done so.  Technically, when
we quote an e-mail which itself contains a quote, which could also
contain yet another quote, we are cross-posting *within* the list.  Do
you (or Eldon) think we should not be able to do this?

The various mailing lists are, IMHO, vehicels for free and open
discussion.  If any one of them is not, it should state the fact
clearly.  If, OTOH, it *is* - then why should the listconcerned, or any
of its subscribers, object to their contributions being cross-posted to
other (possibly) interested parties?

?????? Does someone have a problem here ??????


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