[AusNOG] [off-topic] Email disclaimers
kauer at biplane.com.au
Fri Nov 5 15:09:44 EST 2010
On Fri, 2010-11-05 at 14:56 +1000, Sean K. Finn wrote:
> I don't think many people would really add them by choice. They are
> painful at the best of times.
I've thought about these a lot, read a lot about them, and have come to
the conclusion that the only correct or relevant thing you can say in
such a disclaimer is that your work is copyrighted. Which it is anyway,
even without the disclaimer.
I have yet to read or hear anything positive about email disclaimers.
The justifications I have read were vague, handy-wavy, FUD-ridden BS,
generally (though not always) coming from from certifiably insane
jurisdictions like the US.
Such disclaimers are a total waste of bandwidth. They are insulting to
the intelligence of most recipients, and do nothing for the sending
entity except put them in a very bad light by making them look
aggressive, stupid, pathetic or all three.
If anyone has heard of a single actual instance in any jurisdiction
where the presence or absence of a disclaimer on an email has had any
significant effect on the outcome of an actual court case, do please let
us all know.
Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au) +61-2-64957160 (h)
http://www.biplane.com.au/kauer/ +61-428-957160 (mob)
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