E-mail Confidential - Who's afraid of Time Inc.'s legal disclaimer? By Jack Shafer
We have all seen them, or maybe even are required by our employers to put them at the bottom of all our corporate email. You know--those "disclaimers". Jack Shafer at Slate decided take on Time Warner ask a lawyer to pick his way through the text. He explains how, as you probably already know, that such disclaimers hold scant legal weight for many reasons, the most significant being that they always seem to be at the bottom of the email when it's really too late to agree to it before actually reading the email in question. Sort of like software shrink-wrap license agreements.