From: Winfield Hill
Subject: Re: Human Experimentation : Civil, Criminal, Constitutional ? : It is still going on.
Date: 25 Nov 2002 02:41:09 -0800
Organization: Rowland Institute
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> News2020 wrote
>> To answer your query, I do not see any issues at all in copying
>> relevant portions in a reply.
2020, I was referring to someone whose newsreader automatically
copies your entire post, and he fails to edit any out. While
copying a small portion is fair use, copying the entire work is
not, according to law, AIUI. While I dislike folks who're too
lazy to edit their posts and pair down the quoted material, your
attempt to make lawbreakers of them is much more distasteful and
in fact repulsive to me.
> Well, there is; copyright law is quite explicit in this case. Your
> statements are equivalent to granting a general public license to quote
> your texts in reply to your posts but not to use them to defame you.
> That may be the most sensible thing you have produced in a long time.
I don't see it. Someone defaming 2020 would do so most effectively
by copying selected portions of the posting and then interspersing
their comments, which is a fair use fully allowed by copyright law,
even assuming a Usenet copyright would hold up in the first place.
Should someone be able to copyright their emails in a chat room?