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This is extracted from the SIMA Report 12 which contains the papers and discussions from the workshop on "WWW - a Strategic Tool for UK HE". For information about subscribing to SIMA contact Joanne Barradell -

Legal Issues Discussed on Mailbase

Andrew Charlesworth from the Dept of Law at the University of Hull has setup a Mailbase list for discussion of legal issues. Some details are given in the text below:

Description of List:
A list for the discussion of UK and European issues in Intellectual Property law, with special reference to the impact of information technology and the Internet

It is hoped that the list can address some of the problems facing those inHE, and elsewhere, with regard to use of materials in CAL and WWW page development. It has been set up in response to the increasing number of requests I receive for information on IPR in those and other areas. It isnot intended to use this list to discuss issues of US law for which the USlist cni-copyright is the appropriate forum.

The list will be open subscription and unmoderated - although I reserve the right to moderate the list at a later date should I feel it necessary. Non- subscribers will not be able to contribute mail.

To subscribe to law-ipr:
Send the message
subscribe law-ipr {your firstname}{your lastname}

To send a message to the list use the address:

If you have a query about the list use the address:

To unsubscribe:
Send the message

CCTA Collaborative Open Groups (COG) Initiative

The CCTA COG may offer some support for legal issues. Information can be found on WWW at: cogs/

There are also some discussion group lists, the text below is extracted from the WWW page.

CCTA Collaborative Open Groups Initiative

The CCTA conference on Information Superhighways launched the idea of Collaborative Open Groups to discuss further the issues raised at the conference. Since that conference, there have been calls for additional COGs to be initiated.

In order to simplify maintenance of the COGs and correspondence between COG members we have set up an email listserver to handle subscription requests.

Note that email addresses given here and in pages about the COGs themselves are set up as browser hotspots. If your browser supports mail (and not all do), then you may mail directly to the address given from within your browser.

All requests to join any of the COGs listed here should be addressed to The subject field should be left blank. The message should contain the words subscribe mail_id cog. For example a person with the mail address wishing to join the COG discussing legal issues would send the message:


The listserver program will respond with an acknowledgement. Full details of how to use the listserver can be obtained by mailing the single word help as the message to the listserver. If you normally attach a signature to your mail messages, it would be helpful if you turned it off when mailing to the listserver.

If you have difficulty using the listserver, please send a mail message describing the problem to:

Please note that mail sent to a COG mail address will be forwarded to all members of that COG. Requests to join the COGs should not, therefore, be sent to the COG mail addresses themselves.

Anne Mumford