Disclaimer for the Debian mailing lists

Our mailing lists are public forums, and our mailing list archives are public.

By sending an email to such a public forum, you agree to public distribution of your article. All mails sent to any of our mailing lists (and to the bug tracking system) will be publicly distributed and archived in our mailing list archives.

Any emails sent by any one person directly to the list, or replies by others to those emails sent to the list, are considered published, in accordance with the United States law.

Obviously the author still owns the copyright to the content of these emails that they have written. However, that does not mean that the Debian Project is under obligation to remove them from a list archive once published. Several legal counsels have reviewed this stance and confirmed it is correct.

The mailing list archives have been public well before you sent a message to that mailing list address. You are responsible for determining who it is you are sending your email to. You cannot send email to arbitrary recipients and expect that they are automatically forced into accepting your terms for receiving your email.

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Debian does not generally monitor its mailing lists for inappropriate postings, and does not undertake editorial control of postings. We do, however, reserve the right to prevent posting to mailing lists in the event of failure to comply with the mailing list code of conduct.

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