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[ih] Defamation lawsuit brought by self-proclaimed email "inventor" settles

Andreu Vea' has a book of 300+ interviews taken over a period of at least
20 years. It was published in Spanish but an English language version is on
the way.


On Sun, May 19, 2019 at 4:54 PM Karl Auerbach <karl at cavebear.com> wrote:

> On 5/18/19 6:41 PM, Dave Crocker wrote:
> > On 5/18/2019 4:36 PM, Dr Eberhard W Lisse wrote:
> >> Does it really, really matter who can lay claim to email?
> > Does clarity about the details of history matter?  People tend to think
> > it does.  For many reasons.
> I agree with Dave's point - clarity does matter.  (And when it comes to
> e-mail I can not think of a greater authority than Dave Crocker.)
> However, my thought of how to respond goes in a somewhat different
> direction.
> My wife (Chris Wellens) and I set forth some years ago to try to collect
> long (several hour long) interviews with people involved with the
> invention of the internet. We had to take a hiatus, but we will be
> resuming soon.  (Many of you on this list are probably also on our list
> of people we want to talk to.)
> Our intention is to publish every second of the raw takes of those
> interviews, the video and the audio, under a non-commercial use Creative
> Commons license (we added the non-commercial part because we fear abuse
> of the material by hack popular history outlets such as History
> Channel.)  (Some of our interviewees have requested that their comments
> be published directly into the public domain.)  We've had an informal
> offer from the Internet Archives that they would be willing to host
> these materials, which is something we hope to do.
> We also plan our own focused/edited selections, but as in Roshomon, each
> of us may see things differently; so we want to allow others to re-use
> the base materials to tell other stories and provide other views.
> Our goal is not to illuminate specific technologies but, rather, to
> delve into the way that ideas came about, evolved, grew or faded, and
> conflicted.  We are more interested in the process of invention than in
> the technology of the invention.
> My wife and I feel like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Hamlet - we have
> had the opportunity to play a role among other, larger actors, in a
> great event, the invention of the internet.  While these actors are
> alive we want to give them the opportunity to make a record about their
> roles and, and as important, their interactions with others.
> With our compendium and others, those who make specious claims of
> invention will find it difficult to maintain that claim over the decades
> (and probably centuries) as people ask "how did this great thing come to
> be?"
>      --karl--
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