Re: Tesla list survey and legal issues- scrap it then?

From: 	D.C. Cox[SMTP:DR.RESONANCE-at-next-wave-dot-net]
Sent: 	Wednesday, December 03, 1997 1:51 PM
To: 	Tesla List
Subject: 	Re: Tesla list survey and legal issues- scrap it then?

to: Adam

As both a manufacturer and writer I would suggest you contact legal counsel
to discuss the true ramifications.  I have, and as I posted on the list the
possibilities must be considered -- before something happens.  Everyone on
the list is courteous, helpful, and shares information -- they certainly
are not the problem.  It's the potential young "fryee's" parents insurance
companies lawyers we all need to worry about.  I don't think your list
would present problems but in the realm of considerable new legislation
effecting internet legal issues it would be wise to seek out a legal
specialist in this area and ask for their advise before proceeding.  I
could tell you what my lawyers have advised me but the laws do vary from
state to state so you need to check with someone in your state for proper


> From: Tesla List <tesla-at-pupman-dot-com>
> To: 'Tesla List' <tesla-at-poodle.pupman-dot-com>
> Subject: Re: Tesla list survey and legal issues- scrap it then?
> Date: Monday, December 01, 1997 11:56 PM
> From: 	Adam[SMTP:absmith-at-tiac-dot-net]
> Sent: 	Sunday, November 30, 1997 9:41 PM
> To: 	Tesla List
> Subject: 	Re: Tesla list survey and legal issues- scrap it then?
> >>From a legal standpoint you are right -- it isn't much different.  The
> >point is that on the Internet you are posting a thought -- similar to
> >putting something up on a bulletin board.  If you actively mail or
> >this information, or publish in the form of a book, then your legal
> >responsibilities increase dramatically.  There are several legal cases
> >pending now regarding information received over the Internet -- it will
> >interesting to see how they play out.
> Well, I will certainly not be mailing the survey results to anyone, or 
> publishing them in a standard bound form.  To repeat myself, I indended 
> to put up the results on a web page, with the standard "Yes, I am over 
> 18... blah blah blah" button below a short disclaimer.  Pressing the 
> button and entering the username and password will constitute acceptance 
> of the terms of the waiver.   Must I require a written and signed waiver 
> to be mailed to me for access?  I can't really think of anything more 
> that I can do to protect myself, short of scrapping the survey project 
> altogether. 
> Tossing the survey results would be a real shame, especially after many 
> people (myself included) have put a lot of time into generating them- but

> this is exactly what I will do if there really is no way I can be assured

> 0.00% risk.  I have no intention of willingly taping a "sue me" sign to 
> my back, no matter how subtle, and cannot afford to.  ...But this is what

> you make it sound like I am doing.  Working with high voltages all the 
> time, I am by habit a VERY careful person.
> -Adam
> Adam Smith
> absmith-at-tiac-dot-net
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