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This list digest contains the following message subjects:

1. NEW: End of Beta Test
2. RE: Copyrite
3. NEW: Errors in the Article on Quartz in the Archives.
4. Welcome Letter (with Policies and Operating Procedures)

Subject: NEW: End of Beta Test

This is the last issue under Beta Test and the list will open for general
subscriptions on June 30. In the meantime, I will be in the mountains
enjoying an intarsia class and this computer will be in the shop enjoying
an upgrade! Please send queries and responses during this time to, so that when we restart, the Digest will have some

Letters to me should be addressed to

On June 29th, letters will be posted on Rockhounds, Rocks-and-Fossils,, Orchid, Faceter's Digest, and gem-and-facets-digest
announcing the opening of the Digest, and giving full instructions for

You all have received the Welcoming letter by now, either by e-mail or as
part of Digest #10. Some of you may not have gotten it, and so it is copied
below again. Please read the rules and procedures for the Digest, and in
particular, the way to specify a subject for submission. Subjects should
directly reflect the content of the submission.

See ya again on the 30th (I hope)!


Date: Thu, 19 Jun 1997 04:54:49 GMT
Subject: RE: Copyrite

Copyrite question; see ,>
This as good a rundown on copyrite as you will find. Some laws allow
excerps, paraphrasing, etc. Check it out.


Note by List Administrator: The article by Richard Busch referenced in
Howard's letter is recommended reading for all Bulletin Editors and others
interested in protecting their publications. The question is this: It is
illegal to copy items from the internet for publication, say, in club
bulletins without getting permission of each author. Is there anything we
can do so that you may pick up a thread from this Digest and use it in
non-profit publications or for non-profit purposes which will satisfy the
requirements of the law, without having to ask each author's permission.

Your comments on this are invited.

Subject: NEW: Errors in the Article on Quartz in the Archives.

There are several errors in the Archived article on Quartz, which have now
been corrected (I hope). If you previously downloaded this, please download
it again and discard the first copy.

Subject: Welcome Letter (with Policies and Operating Procedures)

Welcome to the Lapidary Mailing List Digest


My name is Hale Sweeny and I am the list operator. You may contact me
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in the reply.

This can be very bad with Digests, as the whole lengthy Digest would be
copied to the reply. To include a copy of just one original letter in a
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Swapping/selling/buying are encouraged, but don't send a big list. I am
putting a restriction of 3500 Bytes on the length of messages, so long sales
lists will be cut short. If you have a long list, just send a message to
the group that you have such a list, and they can e-mail you for a copy.

Dealers are encouraged to participate--we can learn a lot from you, and
that's what this is all about. Signature messages are restricted to five

Please feel free to ask and answer any questions (but please stay on topic!!

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I hope this list proves useful, and that we may all learn and enjoy it!
Please send all suggestions to me at

Please keep a copy of this letter for your future use.

Hale Sweeny
Durham, NC

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