[Mailman-Users] Placing a copyright notice in list messages.

Dragon dragon at crimson-dragon.com
Fri Apr 27 21:33:38 CEST 2007

Mark Sapiro sent the message below at 12:20 4/27/2007:
>Brandon Sussman wrote:
> >
> >Can a copyright notice containing the sender's name be 
> automatically placed in
> >regular mailman list messages?


>However, is this even a good idea at all. What if I post something
>which includes significant material quoted from someone elses post and
>I don't preserve the copyright from that post. Or I do preserve the
>copyrights from the quoted material, but the attributions aren't
>clear. I foresee a post with material from several authors and
>multiple copyright notices with no clear identification of what is
>copyright by whom.
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I've got to agree with Mark, I think it very quickly becomes 
problematic to do this. It's very common for attributions to get 
mixed up or be ambiguous in replies, especially in long discussion threads.

If somebody is truly concerned about their own copyright protection, 
that person should be making such a disclaimer on their own as part 
of their post and such a disclaimer should take a form something like:

"Except where otherwise indicated, all material in this post is 
copyright <current year> <poster's name>, all rights reserved."

The problem with this is that the poster using it must be extremely 
careful to ensure that all quoted material is indicated unambiguously 
as being not under the copyright notice.

It's fraught with all sorts of legal implications if it is not done correctly.


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