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Re: RC: RE: Phil Gardner's letter in April EN Mailbag

On Tue, 13 Apr 1999 16:01:36 EDT, wrote:

>Unfortunately, the web sites you listed have nothing to say about Email or 
>postings to a public net forum. They are basic copyright law, with which I am 
>somewhat familiar. Would you please quote the sections which deal with that 
>specific issue? We all already know that there is a Copyright Law. You're 
>asserting something specific about it that I don't believe exists. However, a 
>simple sentence from the law that demonstrates you position to be true will 
>completely satisfy me.

Unfortunately, you've got it backwards.  Basic copyright law is what
applies.  You are asserting an exception, claiming that the law does
not apply to e-mail messages or that posting your work to an e-mail
list puts it in the public domain.  There is no such exception.  What
you write is copyrighted no matter where you choose to publish it.

The issue of whether copyright only applys to ink on paper was settled
long ago, else movies, TV, records, etc. would not be covered.

If you can cite a section in the law which provides an exception for
work published via e-mail, or even posted in public, please do so and
if it supports what you say I'll be happy to reconsider my position.


Joe Long     Business    Personal

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