On Mon, Mar 01, 1999 at 11:27:15PM -0800, Michelle Dick wrote:
> Any list owner would be a fool to give away in a non-revocable fashion
> that which might be worth $$ later. It would also be foolish to give
> up the option of exclusivity.
I think it is also worth considering the copyrights of the list participants.
As far as I can tell (and IANAL) each message sent to a mailing list remains
copyrighted by its originator under the terms of the Berne Convention.
On all of the mailing lists that I run, that right is explicitly retained
(although I don't think that's necessary for it to exist), while the
rights to the compilation are explicitly granted to me -- *not* because
I intend to make a profit from the content, but because I wish to prevent
anyone else from doing so and in doing so, violating the copyrights of
both the participants and myself.