jon lebkowsky on 17 Feb 2001 00:34:04 -0000

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Re: <nettime> Usenet archives sold, whay about README! ?

> to
> do anything en bloc with the archives would require that everyone who
> has contributed to the list assents, so such an effort would be mind-
> bogglingly complex and inefficient.

When you see an archive as a context rather than an content "anthology,"
then it makes sense to suppose that "en bloc" replication (e.g. mirroring)
might not require specific, individual approvals.  You have replicated the
context, but you have not changed it.

However if someone placed the complete archive in a new context (e.g. a
database structured to facilitate robust search) and includes it as an
offering at a for-profit site, what then?  This is essentially what deja did
with usenet.  Interesting to ponder whether/how the nettime list and archive
differs from usenet, and more broadly how intellectual property should be
defined/protected for a world in which content is highly replicable and


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