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Subject: Re: Unauthorized copying of posts
From: Brian Behlendorf <brian @ hyperreal . com>
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 1995 11:24:27 -0700 (PDT)
To: "Miles O'Neal" <meo @ schoneal . com>
Cc: Bill Silvert <bill @ biome . bio . dfo . ca>, List-Managers @ GreatCircle . COM
In-reply-to: <199508291419 . JAA32394 @ schoneal . com>

On Tue, 29 Aug 1995, Miles O'Neal wrote:
> Bill Silvert said...
> |There is a big difference in that the newspaper is only copied by the
> |publisher, and there is no authorization for anyone else to make copies.
> |When an item is posted to UseNet it is clearly understood that it can be
> |copied from any system to any system that requests that newsgroup.
> 
> Yes, but I think a reasonable person would expect
> that this means the copying is by news protocols,
> with distribution limited to news groups.  Some
> might think this extends to email to those who
> might not have news access.  Most would likely
> agree that printing a copy to include in a book
> for sale would not be a reasonable extension.

"Context and original form" applies.  I.e., a cdrom of usenet might have the
whole context and original form of the messages, even a printed book of a
whole newsgroup might have that, but to take one message out of its context
and put it in a book is clearly a different issue.

	Brian


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