Re: WEST-THOMSON- DOJ Lette

From: Harold Federow <hfederow[_at_]u.washington.edu>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 1996 09:32:37 -0800

On Mon, 16 Sep 96 09:34:31 -0400 johnl[_at_]ibm.net wrote:
>
> On 09/14/96, sjamar[_at_]law.howard.edu (Steve Jamar) said:

>>
>> Well, it seems to me that there is likely an implied license, if not an
>> explicit one, for dissemination to the public if you are commenting
>> publicly on public matters.  But I think that many communications to the
>> government are not public and indeed are kept private for policy reasons.
>> (Promote candor, etc.)

>
> I agree that many communications to the government deserve
> confidentiality. Do you think copyright is the proper vehicle to
> provide that confidentiality?

OF course not. The Freedom of Information Act governs confidentiality of communications to the government, as affected by specific agency statutes.

Harold Federow
<hfederow[_at_]u.washington.edu> Received on Tue Sep 17 1996 - 16:25:31 GMT

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