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Re: Theos-World mailing lists, reposting materials,and links to other sites

Nov 06, 2001 05:01 PM
by Etzion Becker

Dear Eldon, in another List which I am participating we receive from time to
time an automatic announcement concerning the nature of the List and its
etiquette. I think all that you have to do, if you are in charge of the main
computer, is to send such a periodical, stating that those who participate
on the List are responsible for their own conduct. The very fact of
participating is an acknowledgement that the participants aware that it is a
free forum and people cannot sue each other because they got offended. The
delet key is a simple provision. Love, Etzion
----- Original Message -----
From: Eldon B Tucker <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2001 5:03 PM
Subject: Theos-World mailing lists, reposting materials,and links to other

> At 10:50 PM 11/6/01 +1100, you wrote:
> >Those who subscribe to this site and make use of
> >the fruits of Muehlegger's theft must accept that
> >they compound her offence.
> >
> >Dr Gregory Tillett
> If you or anyone identifies a message that someone has
> posted to the list that is in violation of copyright,
> let me know and I can delete it from the archives. (If
> you browse the archives, you'll see there's a message
> id associated with each posting.)
> <>
> Being an unmoderated mailing list, it's up to the
> individuals on the list to behave themselves. Messages
> aren't screened in advance for suitability.
> On internet mailing lists, you'll often see people
> reposting news items or short articles they see
> elsewhere, sometimes in violation of copyright. This
> is done for discussion purposes, and is not generally
> a problem. An example would be if someone saw an
> article in the NEW YORK TIMES and wanted others to
> read and comment on it.
> For a large publication or organization, their
> readership, circulation, and reputation aren't
> affected by a small number of people reading and
> commenting on a news article. Perhaps it's different
> in theosophical things. With a small, specialized
> area of study, any mailing list may represent a
> point of contact to a much larger segment of the
> total readership, and the consequences of having
> materials taken and/or misrepresented are much
> more significant.
> With an unmoderated mailing list, I cannot control
> in advance what someone on the list will forward
> to the list or write on it. But if someone challenges
> particular messages, I can take them out of the
> archives.
> Regarding links to other sites, where someone
> refers readers to material elsewhere, the
> situation is different. A link to a website is
> like a citation to someone's works. The link
> does not contain any of the content that someone
> may challenge, but only states the name and
> location of the offending passages. It's up to
> the author of a particular web site to police
> the material on it.
> If a particular web site republishes materials
> of yours without your authorization, and perhaps
> misrepresents them, you could make a case that
> it would be unethical for people to refer others
> to the site. That reference, though, is like
> someone telling friends to buy a book that
> misrepresents you; it's not a copy of the
> offending materials itself.
> Materials may show up on mailing lists, web sites,
> and in usenet news groups. The only way to keep
> an eye on what others may being doing to your materials
> would be to join all the mailing lists, and do
> periodic searches, perhaps on, to see
> if anything has shown up somewhere new.
> Given how easy it is for anyone to put materials
> on the Internet, and how there's no screening nor
> standards applied, like is done by publishers for
> manuscripts or articles submitted for publication,
> I'd say people don't accept things with the same
> level of acceptance as they do with materials
> they read that are in print.
> Internet sites are given a level of credibility
> based upon who or what organization puts up the
> site, and upon the consistent quality of the
> materials on a site. A mailing list is more
> like people talking with each other. It has a
> high degree of spontaneity, and gets people to
> think, but is not necessarily a source for the most
> accurate information.
> -- Eldon
> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to

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