[LINK] RFI: Email Disclaimers
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Thu Aug 21 17:42:09 EST 2008
During conversations on link and elsewhere some time back, we were
pretty sus about the effectiveness of email disclaimers.
I've been asked by a correspondent whether anything has changed.
Can anyone point to any guides on the topic?
My memory is that effectiveness depends firstly on whether the person
is really constrained to see it.
Then of course there's the question as to whether it generates some
form of right (for the utterer) or responsibility (for the presumed
utteree). Is it a term of contract? A term of a coyright licence?
A notice that the contents are, or may be, being communicated in
'Before you print this, think of the trees you're using up' ?
'If this has reached you in error, please let the sender know, and
please destroy your copy' ?
'Please read the disclaimer below'
'Please read the disclaimer at <URL>'
Any difference depending on whether it's at the top or bottom of the email?
A related question is whether click-wrap on web-sites successfully
imposes terms on the user. If not, then any email disclaimer would
seem to be doomed to have no legal effect?
Thanks for any leads!
I don't use anything on my emails, but do on my web-site, at the
bottom of my copyright notice, which is pointed to from most of my
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Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre Uni of NSW
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