Re: Postel's law, exceptions
W. E. Perry scripsit: > Your question of whether we 'own' the data or it is 'ours' is the specific > legal issue at the heart of what we do. As a service provider, we act as > agent and we strive to be invisible to the true principal parties to the > transactions which our service facilitates. So you have two kinds of clients, publishers and subscribers (where a given client may be both). Do your publishers indemnify you against the legal consequences of misunderstandings by your subscribers? In these terms, the business model of (e.g.) Reuters Health is that it is its own sole publisher, with trivial exceptions, but it does impose considerable constraints on the subscriber's use of the content of the published documents: the form may be altered within limits, but the content is sacred. -- John Cowan jcowan@r... www.ccil.org/~cowan www.reutershealth.com "If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders." --Hal Abelson
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