1994-02-01 - Re: archiving on inet

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From: Jason Zions <jazz@hal.com>
To: Kirk Sheppard <kshep@netcom.com>
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UTC Datetime: 1994-02-01 17:55:27 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 1 Feb 94 09:55:27 PST

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From: Jason Zions <jazz@hal.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 94 09:55:27 PST
To: Kirk Sheppard <kshep@netcom.com>
Subject: Re: archiving on inet
In-Reply-To: <Pine.3.85.9402011100.A29594-0100000@netcom8>
Message-ID: <9402011752.AA00225@jazz.hal.com>
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> Furthermore, just because something is forwarded and something is archived
>I don't believe is expressly covered in copyright law.

It's not the forwarding or the archiving that makes anything covered by
copyright law; it is the setting down, in concrete form, the expression of
an idea.

> Others could argue that postings by their very nature, when posted 
>become "public domain", and thus not copyrightable.

Not successfully in court, I should think. How is a posting any different
than the production of a radio program which is distributed by
store-and-forward satellite distribution and then played through the radio
station and received at your home radio? The mechanisms are close to
identical in their attributes; tapes at the stations have some lifetime,
timeshifting can occur, special equipment is needed to perceive the work,

>Finally what is the tangible difference between storing usenet postings 
>on a hard disk for an indefinite time, or on a cd-rom, or a cd that is 
>re-writable, or tape or any other storage device? Not very much I would 

If you were a ligitimate recipient of the work in the first place (i.e. got
it in a newsfeed) and you store those postings for your own use or for the
use of others on that node in the store-and-forward network, then you can
keep the work 'til the bits rot. Infringement occurs when you copy those
bits onto some medium for some purpose other than store-and-forward
propagation or the allowed fair-use exceptions; stuffing articles on a
CD-ROM and selling them falls into neither category and hence is an