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It seemed to be a very good resource. But I'm wondering whether or not this is okay for them to do from a copyright standpoint. If they received permission from the mailing list participants it would seem to not be a problem. But if they didn't, is it still okay? Are mailing list posts considered public or fair-use when republishing, or is owner permission still required?
Now that I think about it, I've seen posts "archived" in this fashion all over the place, just not in the organized way that this site had them.
Interesting, are the posts from UseNet or something?
I can't tell by looking at the posts if they are from a newsgroup or from a discussion mailing list, but such a mailing list would be functionally similar to a newsgroup that I'm not sure if that would be an important distinction.
If the policies are well defined it is not a problem.
Where would these policies be defined? By the poster of the message, or the charter of newsgroup/mailing list?