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Re: [dvd-discuss] Re: [dvd-discuss digest Aug.] V #9

The do the same thing with maps (and I once discovered one - a street that 
was not there.) BUt maps are copyrightable whereas mere listings are not. 
THe mailing lists are covered using licenses which is a private contract 
rather than copyright. 

"Steve Hosgood" <steve@caederus.com>
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08/13/2002 08:40 AM
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        Subject:        Re: [dvd-discuss] Re: [dvd-discuss digest Aug.] V #9

> Another point is how do you tell the difference between someone who 
> the "white pages" or something similar and copies it versus somebody who 

> compiles the information themselves?

Sometimes, bogus phone-numbers are randomly inserted exactly so as to 
people copying the lists blindly. These things are, I believe, known as
"spikes" in the trade.

These are apparently often used on mailing lists bought for once-off use 
N-off use. The "spikes" point to addresses owned by the mailing-list 
and they thus receive things in the post each ime you use their mailing 
If they get one item too many from you, they land like a ton of bricks on 

I can well believe that the phone book for any major city contains a 
of spikes. No-one would ever notice.


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