1994-02-01 - Re: Archiving mail-lists…

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From: Mike Godwin <mnemonic@eff.org>
To: pmetzger@lehman.com
Message Hash: 2d376052d1115b1c1c2e05eebc29f2d71f451bc6b7f7f7cfdd5107e4717de180
Message ID: <199402012316.SAA13735@eff.org>
Reply To: <199402012121.QAA03308@snark>
UTC Datetime: 1994-02-01 23:20:42 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 1 Feb 94 15:20:42 PST

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From: Mike Godwin <mnemonic@eff.org>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 94 15:20:42 PST
To: pmetzger@lehman.com
Subject: Re: Archiving mail-lists...
In-Reply-To: <199402012121.QAA03308@snark>
Message-ID: <199402012316.SAA13735@eff.org>
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> Yes, you have a copyright over your work -- however, once you've
> posted it to the net it is likely practically impossible to restrict
> distribution.

Practical impossibility != legal impossibility.

> Since you've already allowed it to be distributed on
> demand to anyone for free it is hard to claim damages if it is
> distributed to anyone via some medium you don't like.
Hard, yes, but not impossible. Most copyright actions involving works that
are not being sold resort to statutory damages. And you can register your
copyright *after* the infringement occurs.