Re: Disclaimers (was RE: Need for Chinese language help)

From: Julian Bradfield (
Date: Sun Dec 14 2008 - 17:58:41 CST

On 2008-12-14, Asmus Freytag <> wrote:
> On 12/13/2008 10:30 PM, William J Poser wrote:
>> The odd thing about such disclaimers is that they are worth less
>> than the paper they are written on. They have no legal effect
>> whatsoever on the recipient.
> You appear to speak with authority on this. Can you support your
> statement with some evidence, or at least corroborating statements by
> others?

Why should he? If you want to argue that such disclaimers *do* carry
force on the unwilling recipient of them, you need to argue the legal
basis for that force.
In most democratic jurisdictions, some kinds of information - chiefly
personal information - are inherently confidential, but that situation only
arises by explicit legal stipulation. Otherwise, confidentiality is a
matter of agreement, and if somebody sends you email without a prior
arrangement, there is no agreement.

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