The Disclaimer is a legal requirement. However it causes no problem to
a group like ILUG. If you look carefully, in the third line of text
it is explicitly stated that the mail is intended for the individual
or ENTITY to whom it is addressed.
The author of the mail, i.e. me, chooses the recipient. By choosing to
send the mail to a public forum, I have chosen for this to be publicly
readable, just as everyone else does.
As Proinnsias says, the reason for the existence of this disclaimer is
to prevent dissemination of confidential information by a single individual
recipient to whom it is specifically addressed.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Proinnsias Breathnach [mailto:proinnsias at project-bob.org]
> Sent: 22 April 2004 23:44
> To: Paul Jakma
> Cc: ilug at linux.ie> Subject: Re: [ILUG] Got My First Linux Book
>>> On Thu, Apr 22, 2004 at 09:49:23PM +0100, Paul Jakma wrote:
> > The sig can not impose restrictions after the fact. Had the poster
> > had some kind of reasonable expectation that his post would not be
> > distributed far and wide and archived, eg through prior agreement,
> > authorisation for further dsitribution would then be
> needed. However,
> > clearly the poster does not have this expectation.
> Actually, most of the authors are blisfully unaware of the sigs their
> companies append to their emails until a conversation such as this
> arises (as often the outbound email gateway appends the sig, not the
>> The main reason for the sigs are not to get groups like ILUG
> in trouble,
> rather they are there to allow companies some strategy of legal
> avoidance. Should an email (from a company account) become known in
> public, and have (how shall we say) distasteful content, the
> company can
> go after whomever released the email, and / or have it excluded as
> evidence in any court cases that may surround the matter.
>> How effective they are, and/or how legal is debatable. Many
> people with
> decades of legal experience seem to think they're appropriate, given
> that email has been accepted in courts the world over as a legally
> binding written communication. They're considered to be about the same
> as writing on company headed paper, aka an official company
>> As many have pointed out - this is a public mailing list ...
> maybe, just
> maybe it's worth having some form of ILUG disclaimer on them ...
> something along the lines of :
> All emails to the ILUG mailing lists are considered to be personal
> opinion, not official policy (unless otherwise stated) of any company
> related to the poster.
>> but yet again ... that's more guff being appended to peoples emails ..
> (not entirely sure if this is an argument that can be won either way)
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