On Sat, May 05, 2001 at 12:31:54PM +0100, Sergio Brandano wrote:
> (Incidentally, messages like those of Branden Robinson are false,
> are certainly not beneficial, and trigger a stiff communication;
> but this ultimately reflects on him.)
I don't see why he's wrong. Of the things you've complained about
archives, there are none that your messages would make more than
the smallest dent in. You're trying to impose a burden on Debian
for purely theorical reasons, which isn't a very friendly thing
> By law, there must be a legal agreement between the author and the
> publisher. If no such explicit agreement exists, then the author is
> still the owner of the copy-rights, and can decide what to do with
> that material, at any time.
Not quite. The author can not stop the sale (at whatever price) of
existing copies of the work, nor can he stop fair-use copies, or
force people to distroy existing legal copies.
> By posting to a mailing list, the author is exerting his right to
> publish, and he/she is the publisher in that very moment.
One email goes into the Debian mail server, and a thousand come
out. I'd say Debian is the publisher.
> No legal agreement exists between me and Debian.
No explicit agreement. There is the argument that there is an implicit
> Please also make explicit the policy with Debian mailing lists, and
> ensure that its subscribers are notified and agree with it.
You're the only person I know of who cares. The archives at
lists.debian.org are sufficent hint to most people that their
email will be archived - seeing a note at the bottom of that
page saying your email will be archived would get a "well, duh!"
response from me. (Which isn't to say it shouldn't be done.) I
don't think we care whether the subscribers agree with; it is the
way the developers like it, and if you don't want your posts
archived, don't post.
David Starner - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pointless website: http://dvdeug.dhis.org
"I don't care if Bill personally has my name and reads my email and
laughs at me. In fact, I'd be rather honored." - Joseph_Greg