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Re: Proposed EU Directive on Electronic Commerce

  • To: Piet Beertema < >
  • From: Ragnar Lonn < >
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 14:31:48 +0100 (MET)
  • Cc: Richard Kettlewell < >

On Fri, 15 Jan 1999, Piet Beertema wrote:

>     If `"UCE" in the subject line' were adopted as a standard
> Subject lines are there to convey short information
> about the contents of a message between humans. The
> contents of a Subject line are part of inter-human
> communication and therefore subject to the principle
> of freedom of speech. Standards therefore can never
> impose restrictions. Only laws can, and even then
> only to a very limited extent.

That's also a pretty weird statement, IMHO. Adding a bunch of
characters to the Subject: line does in no way violate the
user's right to freedom of speech as long as you don't *replace*
something the user has written. It's just a way to mark a 
message. Like the post office stamping envelopes.


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