Till Maas opensource at till.name
Thu May 10 00:26:28 UTC 2007

On Mi Mai 9 2007, David Woodhouse wrote:

> Please don't pollute public mailing lists with this nonsense -- keep
> your .sig to 4 lines at a maximum.
> If you must put the above information in every email you send, at least
> put it in a header, not the body of the mail -- and you certainly don't
> need to include the full list of directors.

Are you sure about this? IANAL, but in Germany (maybe it is EU law) one has to 
include this kind of information[1] in (some)[2] business letters (including 
e-mail)[3]. And normally including it in the header is at least a grey 
zone[4] and still can cause a lot of trouble to a company, because 
of "warning letters" with a demand to give a "declaration of discontinuance 
with a penalty clause" (in German: Abmahnung mit strafbewerter 
Unterlassungserklärung) that can be written by any competitor and cost the 
receiving company money.


[1] Including the full list of directors.
[2] Maybe it is not needed in a mail to a mailing list, but who really knows 
these days.
[3] And maybe even short messages (sms) (messages sent from mobile phones that 
are normally restricted to 160 characters).
[4] Because it is not assurred that the headers are displayed in every e-mail 
client. Otherwise the Organization-Header may be sufficient, which seems to 
be also used by some UK RedHat employees.

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