[Air-L] OK, I won't tell anyone, Jake
Dan L. Burk
dburk at uci.edu
Sun Dec 25 04:20:54 PST 2011
The language Barry quotes is intended (and is generally effective) in
preventing inadvertent waiver of evidentiary privilege (e.g.,
attorney-client privilege, or work product) when e-mail is accidentally
sent to the wrong party, as sometimes happens.
The language actually originates in a different technology, facsimile
transmission, as faxes were also sometimes sent to the wrong party.
The proper user doesn't actually care what Barry does with the e-mail,
only what a judge may someday do with it.
Having said that, I have seen the language sometimes appear on e-mails for
no good reason I could fathom, apparently picked up by someone who had no
idea what it was there for (not unlike "all rights reserved.")
> I just think it's a misguided practice. At times, it's almost amusing to
> have a 2-line email followed by 30 lines of legal-sounding tripe. I
> agree with Jon that such antics are more of a mandated-from-on-high
> corporate CYA than intended to serve any actual (or enforceable) legal
> -- rick
> ** BY READING THIS EMAIL YOU HAVE AGREED TO EVERYTHING I JUST SAID AND
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> On Dec 24, 2011, at 02:53 AM, Jonathan Marshall wrote:
>>> "This email (and any attachment) is confidential and is intended for
>>> use of the addressee(s) only. If you are not the intended recipient
>>> of this email, you must not copy, distribute, take any action in
>>> on it or disclose it to anyone."
>>> What bureaucratism!
>>> Barry Wellman
>> Like the compulsory sig file attached to this email, I would have said
>> its more likely to be Information capitalism in action.
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