On Sat, 12 Jul 1997 16:26:57 -0700 Chuq Von Rospach
>I'll disagree. It's my resource. I spent the money and energy to create
>the list of subscribers (or the service that creates it). Therefore I
>think intellectual property is a perfectly valid argument -- it's my
>sweat equity and pocketbook, so I sure better have a say in its use.
That's one of the reasons why copyright law recognizes "compilation
copyrights", where you don't own any of the individual components but do
own the collection.
>Why not? It's my service that generated the list. If I create a service
>that attracts users to it, I should be able to reap the benefit of that
>service, or choose who does by licensing those benefits out. That I
>choose *not* to reap those benefits doesn't mean they don't exist or
>that users can take them without my permission.
We were recently approached by a company who offered to pay us $0.01 per
message for the inclusion of ad banners on our mailing list service. My
understanding (I did not talk to them myself) is that they were, er, very
new to the Internet market :-), but the principle remains, these people
made a bid and put a price of $0.01 on something that we could do but
have chosen not to do. That would have been $40-50k/day and a lot more
than our costs for delivering these messages, nevermind that we already
collect money to cover these costs and that the $0.01 would have come on
top of that. What they would have bought was the list of addresses and
the right to use it, rather than a mail delivery service.