[OT] e-mail license

Daniel Stone daniel at fooishbar.org
Wed Dec 2 14:50:24 PST 2009


On Wed, Dec 02, 2009 at 03:07:50PM +0100, Yann Droneaud wrote:
> Did you know you're writing to a public mailing list ? So the content of
> your mail is not going to be "confidential" and "disclosure,
> distribution [and] copying" is going to happen. In fact is already
> happened.
> This message is disclosed in mailing list archives, like here
> http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/xorg/2009-December/048266.html
> The license (it seems be a licence: it uses the same wording and sounds
> like) seems not adapted for Internet days ...
> I hope the SNCF (Société National des Chemins de Fer) is not going to
> enforce it ...
> For all: is there a policy about it ?

No, there's no policy about it because the reality is, as others have
said, that people are often forced to use their corporate mail system
which adds that disclaimer[0], and they have no say in it.  Banning them
from the list would add an arbitrary barrier and be quite petty.
Besides, I didn't even notice that disclaimer (years of skipping
practice), yet I _definitely_ noticed this subthread, and spent a lot
longer reading it than I've ever been distracted by a disclaimer.

So yeah, the policy is pretty much 'censor with your eyes'.


[0]: Or maybe something like Nokia's, which prepends 'ext' to the name
     of every external sender: you'll notice that on the list from time
     to time.
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