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Monday, December 9, 2013

A Humorous Take on Email Disclaimers

By James Sinclair in McSweeneys, titled "Alright, Fine, I'll Add a Disclaimer to My Emails."  Here's a taste:

The purpose of this disclaimer, in theory, is to protect the sender from whatever liability may result from the sender’s own failure to communicate clearly or properly send an email, even though the sender, having obtained a formal legal education, is well aware that a generic email disclaimer, even one written with that ominous language of which lawyers are so fond, is unlikely to be enforced against a party lacking a sophisticated understanding of the legal principles surrounding said disclaimer, and that in the case of a party who does understand the legal principles surrounding said disclaimer, the disclaimer merely restates what said party already knows. This disclaimer is a catch-22.

For a little Monday humour, check out the full disclaimer here.

[Meredith R. Miller]

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