"Anthony J. Rzepela" <email@example.com> writes:
# Although the topic of copyrights, etc. wrt FAQs
# and USENET postings is one that's worn fairly thin
# by now, what is the current thinking on the
# content of mailing list traffic? Who *does* it
# belong to? Is it public domain? Can it even be
# considered email, even though email channels
# are used to distribute it?
# What about alternative, electronic archives of
# list traffic? What about a very selective
# archive in which your material (and several other
# interesting contributions) has singled out for
# "archive" storage?
# Newspapers (real ones, with lawyers) already quote
# USENET postings, but email list traffic, once it starts
# to become the dominant mode of interchange as USENET
# slowly chokes to death, will be a much more productive
# mine for primary source material.
Uh oh, imminent death of the net predicted... :-)
# Does anyone here coyright hir list's traffic?
"coyright"; now there's an interesting concept... Does it apply
mainly to the erotica groups? :-)
All joking aside, this _is_ a significant issue. A number of folks
have already published the archives of various lists on CD-ROM. I had
great fun going back through the SF-Lovers archive with a couple of
friends and reading all the B.S. they'd posted over the years ("oh,
god, I said _that_? And now it's burned in plastic, _forever_?!?" :-)
There's a serious side to that kind of "unexpected permanence", though.
I would expect that organizations like the EFF (Electronic Frontiers
Foundation; not sure of their main email address; maybe "firstname.lastname@example.org"
or "email@example.com"?) have issued position papers on the topic; if you're
interested, that might be a place to follow up.
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