dns interceptors [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

[ getting afield from 'operational' issues, off-list responses recommended ]

From: Barry Shein <bzs@world.std.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 13:43:17 -0500
Subject: Re: dns interceptors [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

> > IMPORTANT: This email remains the property of the Australian Defence Organisation
> Have fun trying to enforce that after posting to a public mailing list
> in North America, with recipients all over the world. Care to cite any
> relevant legal basis for the claim that would hold outside Australia?

I know I'm an idiot to respond to this BUT part of the implication of
copyright ownership is:

Note well that the 'disclaimer' is claiming ownership of the email _ITSELF_,
Not just to the intellectual property rights to the contents of the message.

This claim _is_ inconsistent with the 'established body of law' in any juris0
diction that holds to the 'doctrine of first sale'.

[[.. sneck ..]]

IANAL, but it doesn't strike me as half as preposterous as you say.

What would you think about a notice on a flyer that showed up in your
_snail-mail_ mailbox that said "this document remains the property of
XYZ Marketing, PLC. -- you must retain it, and return it to us upon
demand" ?

Absent an _agreement_ (in avance!) between the parties, _any_ such
bombast in email (or snail-mail, for that matter) is -- at *best* --
a CYA attempt by the sender against a claim _against_the_sender_ of
a lack of due care in handling potentially sensitive material. The
presense of such statements in a message -- in the absense of advance
agreement to terms -- has absolutely _no_ effect with regard to what
the recipient 'may' do with the message, or it's contents. Any claims
to the contrary are; (a) attempts to bamboozle the uninformed, (b)
mandated by those who do -not- understand the law on the matter, or (c)
included for 'self-protection' -- in the off-chance 'hope' that in the
event of an actual screw-up on the sender's part, the presense of that
claim will mitigate their liabilty. TTBOMK, this premise has -never-
been tested in court, so the effacicy of the approch is an open question.
OTOH, if 'everybody else' _is_ doing it, one can be accused of 'negligence'
for not following the 'best practice' of rest of the sheeple. <wry grin>