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Subject: Re: copyright law vs mailing list archives
From: Mike Nolan <nolan @ celery . tssi . com>
Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 01:29:57 -0500 (CDT)
To: list-managers @ GreatCircle . com (List Managers)
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Jeff Wasilko wrote:
> Do mailing list archives have any protection against being held
> liable for copyright infringement?

None that I've ever been told about, but neither do they bear any 
extra responsibilities.  

Assuming this isn't a hoax or scam, I think that the EFF might be 
interested in your situation, and possibly the ACLU as well.

As far as I know, the issues have not been seriously tested in court yet, 
my fervent hope as a list manager has been NOT to be that test case.  

This may not be that test case, either, but I feel that eventually there
WILL be such a test case, and not to sound too alarmist, but I see this
as one of the greatest challenges facing the future of the Internet.
Mike Nolan

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