>1. As a list manager you DO HAVE duties and responsibilities. Just ask
>Prodigy. I think that the judge stated that their duty began once they were
>aware of the problem or should have been aware. Duties almost always exist
>where danagers exist. In this case you do have a duty to do something.
Prodigy imposed the duty on themselves. The court found that they
were responsible for the material on their system because of the
amount of filtering/moderating that they did. In the case you are
probably referring to, they failed to follow through sufficiently.
I never promised to protect my list members from being murdered by
other list members. And, unlike Prodigy, I have no contract with
It might be more interesting to ask what *are* the duties of a
list manager. Here's what I can think of in a few minutes:
1. Prevent your list from interfering with other organizations
network services. e.g. You have a duty to correct a configuration
error that floods a non-subscriber with mail. This is a standard
duty that everyone has -- you do not cause damages to your fellow
2. If people are paying to be on your list, you have a duty to
keep it operating and a duty to do anything else you stated
in your contract.
If there is no contract with your subscribers, I don't think
you even have a duty to make sure the list works, though under
#1 above, you have a duty to process unsubscribe requests if
your list is actually sending out messages.
Can you think of any other duties? Where might they come