Re: XML Conference archives
Len Bullard scripsit: > The reasoning for that decision is of interest. Was it based on lack > of provability or traceability of the resources or the timestamp? > This might be a precedent for other copyright claims. Quoth Wikipedia: # In an October 2004 case called "Telewizja Polska SA v. Echostar # Satellite", a litigant attempted to use the Wayback Machine archives as # a source of admissible evidence, perhaps for the first time. Telewizja # Polska is the provider of TVP Polonia and EchoStar operates the Dish # Network. Prior to the trial proceedings, EchoStar indicated that # it intended to offer Wayback Machine snapshots as proof of the past # content of Telewizja Polskaâs website. Telewizja Polska brought a # motion in limine to suppress the snapshots on the grounds of hearsay # and unauthenticated source, but Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys rejected # Telewizja Polskaâs assertion of hearsay and denied TVP's motion in # limine to exclude the evidence at trial. However, at the actual # trial, district Court Judge Ronald Guzman, the trial judge, overruled # Magistrate Keys' findings, and held that neither the affidavit of the # Internet Archive employee nor the underlying pages (i.e., the Telewizja # Polska website) were admissible as evidence. Judge Guzman reasoned # that the employee's affidavit contained both hearsay and inconclusive # supporting statements, and the purported webpage printouts themselves # were not self-authenticating. Citation to http://tinyurl.com/84ldxbl (PDF), which I have not read. -- Dream projects long deferred John Cowan <email@example.com> usually bite the wax tadpole. http://www.ccil.org/~cowan --James Lileks
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