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Subject: Re: Publishing scavengers -- any experiences so far?
From: Brent Chapman <brent @ mycroft . GreatCircle . COM>
Date: Wed, 01 Jun 1994 23:33:09 -0700
To: "Anthony J. Rzepela" <rzepela @ cvi . hahnemann . edu>
Cc: list-managers @ greatcircle . com
In-reply-to: Your message of Wed, 01 Jun 1994 10:55:09 EDT

"Anthony J. Rzepela" <rzepela @
 cvi .
 hahnemann .
 edu> 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 "info @
 eff .
 org"
or "eff @
 eff .
 org"?) have issued position papers on the topic; if you're
interested, that might be a place to follow up.


-Brent
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