In message <9508251454.AA14336@biome.bio.dfo.ca>, Bill Silvert writes:
>firstname.lastname@example.org (Meng Weng Wong) writes:
>>All works created after March 1989 (when the United States
>>joined the Berne Convention) are, by default, copyrighted,
>>even if you don't explicitly say so..
>Aside from the fact that I don't think the US joining the Berne
>Convention has any legal status outside the US,
Huh? Isn't that the whole point of a treaty in the first place?
You know, like so all the people signing it agree on certain things?
> there is a great deal of
>ambiguity in the situation regarding the copyrighting of posts.
> For one
>thing, who owns the copyright?
The author. Plain and simple.
> The poster or the list owner? I know at
>least one list owner who claims copyright over material appearing on his
>lists no matter what the posters say.
Lists can and sometimes do claim compilation copyrights, especially
for archives of messages. That's different.