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Re: irc legaility
From: Mister Coffee <live4java () stormcenter net>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004 08:43:41 -0800
Simon Lorentsen wrote:
They could probably be introduced as evidence (email has, after all) but
their chances of holding up are fairly limited. It's far too easy to
fake IRC channel and message logs for them to really convince a jury of
Hi guys / gals,
Had a conversation tonight, and have been reading the IRC threads and
wondered if anyone could answer the following.
In the following scenario; you are a business, is IRC logs of
conversations and lists of hosts be help up in a court of law if a
client you spoke to refused to pay or hold up the end of a bargain or
agreement, and is faxing a document (no hard copies sent via post)
accepted as a legal document in a court of law.
If you had sevral logs, from different sources, and they were all the
same, it -might- carry a little more weight. As far as acceptance as a
"legal document" I believe the answer is "no."
Courts are still a little iffy on digital signatures. Plaintext? It
would be a tough case to make.
While there are some exceptionally knowledgeble IT folks on this list,
this probably isn't the best place to go for advice on legal matters.
I appreciate any help you can give.
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