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Re: Proposed EU Directive on Electronic Commerce

  • To: Ragnar Lonn < >
    Piet Beertema < >
  • From: Carl Moberg < >
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 15:52:12 +0100

At 16:26 15/01/99 +0100, Ragnar Lonn wrote:
>On Fri, 15 Jan 1999, Piet Beertema wrote:
>> Wrong. The post office is the carrier, not the user.
>> And the post office doesn't tell you what to put (or
>> what not to put) into your message. Anyone trying to
>> tell/force you to put specific strings into your
>> message is in fact *telling you what to say*; and
>> that's an interference with your freedom of speech.
>Ok, I understand what you mean. This is uncharted territory I think, but
>mail messages are in fact altered in transit. The question then is, is the
>'Subject:' header in a fundamental way different from the other mail
>headers, meaning it can't be altered without affecting the sender's right
>to free speech?  I guess it could be considered an integral part of the
>message and because of that, protected, but on the other hand, what if the
>mail clients scanned for and removed any "[UCE]" in the Subject: headers
>before presenting the mail to the user?  It's really a matter of what is
>being presented to the user, isn't it, rather than what is actually there?

 This would be the worst case of overloading I've ever heard
 of, and yes, the "Subject:" should definitely be considered
 an integral part of the content and should therefore should
 not be used for any form of tagging, even if it's transparent
 to the end user.

-- carl
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