Dave Del Torto said...
|Actually, I'm more against the _idea_ of what you and other services like
|yours represent. I wrote in an earlier post about the similarity I see
|between what you're doing and what West Publications does by indexing the
|text of all legal procedings in the US and then claiming the right to sell
|it all back to the citizens. In other words, I have philosophical
|objections to your purpose. There are significant differences, since your
|materials are available on the net, but you and I both know that once
|mailing lists have sent their stuff, past posts are rarely archived unless
|the host/maintainer has lots of money for HD space, so someday, you will
|have people by the short and curlies if they want historical data.
[Just some thoughts from the flip side...]
This suggests that most people either can't afford the disk space,
or are too short-sighted to save the data, or too lazy/untechnical/etc
to set up archival/retrieval software.
In any case, if someone else goes to the trouble to do all this, and
charges a price people are willing to pay, it's a Good Thing, not a
Bad Thing. Yeah, copyright issues have to be hashed out, but that's
beside the point. If you can't afford a GB of disk (gee, it costs so
*much* nowadays... 8^), or won't shell out the bucks, then why should
someone else archive/index it for free for you?
I love the Interet. I love free information. I also recognize that
neither computers nor networks are free - they are paid for in money,
or in time & effort.