II missed the chance to ask about it last class. I assume I can upload questions related to readings here? This might be rather an obvious one for some of you, so I’m asking for your help (I’m really curious about it).
After reading Fred Benenson’s “On the Fungibility and Necessity of Cultural Freedom” last week, I have been curious about the (written or unwritten) rules/ethics/assumptions of citing personal communications (especially email). Benenson “cites” Michael David Crawford’s email to the Creative Commons Community list asking for advice on how to decide on license for his personal writing. Although it is not my first time to encounter citations of personal communications (e.g., email interviews, etc.), this case seemed a bit different to me. I was not sure if I can just “assume” that the author cites the email with the permission of Crawford as it wasn’t explicitly stated in the article. I conducted a quick search and people seem to be agreeing with that it is an “etiquette,” but it has to be more than an etiquette right? Is a “message/email” to the Creative Commons Community list or other types of listserv considered to be in public domain that can be cited and reused without permission? (As Benenson used the word “email” in the text and “message” in the endnote, I’m a bit confused here too. I assumed it as email). I’m not asking about the citational matters (i.e., rules in Chicago style) or I don’t intend on nitpicking in this specific case, but I’m rather curious about the legal (privacy/copyright?) aspect that might be helpful in my future research and teaching.
Here are the endnotes of Benenson’s writing that refer to email conversations.
2. Michael D. Crawford, “[cc-community] Help me decide on a license,” message to
the Creative Commons Community list, December “, .//0, http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/
cc-community/.//0-December///.00”.html (accessed July ./, ./!/).
As I don’t understand how the Creative Commons Community works and the links didn’t work on my computer, I was not able to figure out if the emails are already public. Did I miss something important in this article? DId you have the same assumption? How did you read it?
Have a great weekend!