>I was under the impression that once you sent a message to be posted
>list, you lost the privacy and ownership of your thoughts in the same
>manner one sends a letter to the editor of a newspaper.
This is a good question, I am under the impression that any work of any
author is automatically copyrighted by that author (with or without the
copyright notice) and publishing that work does not make it public
However, once a message is sent to a public list or to the Usenet, it
is difficult to withdraw it from circulation - even if you delete all
the messages from your archive, someone else may already have made a
copy and have it stored elsewhere. But in any event, no matter where
it is stored, it still is a copyrighted work of the author, under the
US copyright law.........
I am interested in other comments and perspectives on this issue.