When you use a mailing-list, you are a member of a co-operative community.
So, It's a point of moral standard to consider that the archives are the
common property of the members!
It's a scandal to ask for one thing and the contrary : to be ready to use
the advantages of co-operative work and to keep the advantages of an
entirely individual way of acting.
On the Internet and especially on mailing-lists you have to give if you
want to receive. How is it possible to give without giving?
It is true that the US copyright law and the european laws are insane
concerning this point of view. It's not our purpose to change the laws but
it's possible to protect ourselves and the co-operative way of working.
A simple disposition could be studied concerning this very point :
the introduction of an obligatory engagement when people subscribe a
mailing list to respect the "free common property" of the archives.
Ici, Olivier Zablocki