Todd Day said
>I agree with the notion that list discussion should be considered a
>group-ware project, not owned by the individual. Conversation and
>dialog require more than one party.
Suppose you are particpating in a particularly profound group
discussion and one member takes the posts from the group, including
your verbatim messages, and publishes them in book form. The book
becomes a best seller and the person who took all your work makes
millions, and you get nothing.
That might be OK with you, but if that happened to me, I would be
steamed. As far as I am concerned, that would be theft, and that is
why we have copyright laws.