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  1. SubscriberFMF
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    What do you think ~ any moral considerations? ~ about someone selling or publishing love letters from a still living famous ex-lover?
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    25 Jan '16 13:18
    Originally posted by FMF
    What do you think ~ any moral considerations? ~ about someone selling or publishing love letters from a still living famous ex-lover?
    Yes, I do have moral considerations. Love letters are deeply personal (or at least should be). It is a breach of confidence to publish them. Reagrdless if the Person who has written the letters is still living or not.
  3. SubscriberGhost of a Duke
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    25 Jan '16 13:20
    Originally posted by Ponderable
    Yes, I do have moral considerations. Love letters are deeply personal (or at least should be). It is a breach of confidence to publish them. Reagrdless if the Person who has written the letters is still living or not.
    Okay dude, I won't publish 'the' letters.
  4. Standard memberSeitse
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    Reminds me of the film "Her". I really liked it.
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    25 Jan '16 13:42
    Originally posted by Ponderable
    Yes, I do have moral considerations. Love letters are deeply personal (or at least should be). It is a breach of confidence to publish them. Reagrdless if the Person who has written the letters is still living or not.
    With non consensual publishing, I agree they should be kept private. At the very least they should be private until two greats separate the author and affection from the world. Greats as in these are my great great grand father's love letters. If the world is still interested after, then they are worth publishing. Otherwise they never were.
  6. SubscriberFMF
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    Two issues that are pertinent:

    Do the letters belong wholly to the recipient? Does this ownership apply to the physical objects (paper and envelopes) or does it also apply to the words, and ideas expressed by the writer?

    Without an explicit confidentiality agreement, is there any redress possible for the party that feels their confidentiality [or even their intellectual property rights?] have been breached?
  7. Standard memberJerryH
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    25 Jan '16 14:14
    Originally posted by FMF
    Two issues that are pertinent:

    Do the letters belong wholly to the recipient? Does this ownership apply to the physical objects (paper and envelopes) or does it also apply to the words, and ideas expressed by the writer?

    Without an explicit confidentiality agreement, is there any redress possible for the party that feels their confidentiality [or even their intellectual property rights?] have been breached?
    Legally? I know how I'd have it.

    The letters would be treated as if authored by both parties in agreement not to disclose. Accepting the letters in love, should be an explicit confidentiality agreement.
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    Every love letter I've ever gotten has been burned long ago.

    Not sure about ones I've penned, but I suspect they've suffered a similar fate.
  9. SubscriberFMF
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    26 Jan '16 07:43
    Originally posted by Suzianne
    Every love letter I've ever gotten has been burned long ago.

    Not sure about ones I've penned, but I suspect they've suffered a similar fate.
    What about a person selling love letters from a famous ex-lover who is still alive? Any thoughts?
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    First postal letter I ever wrote was in the 4th Grade (as part of an English Class assignment) to a Pen Pal in Iowa named Patricia. She replied and we continued a Puppy Love Friendship for over a year. Her last few when we were saying our good byes were lightly perfumed. I treasured and saved all of her letters in a box placed with care beneath a few sweaters in my bureau bottom drawer for four or five years.

    Amazing how the memory of this long ago geographically distant event is still so vivid. Reveal Hidden Content
    "Dear Patricia, I'm wondering where you are tonight and hope you and your family are okay...." Love, Bobby


    Footnote: This boyhood memory was captured in a poem decades later:Thread 121177 (Page two)
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    Did you troll Patricia into madness? What about her personal information?
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    26 Jan '16 08:55
    Originally posted by FMF
    What about a person selling love letters from a famous ex-lover who is still alive? Any thoughts?
    I imagine that the writer of such letters gives up their right to them when they are delivered.

    I would not begrudge someone's right to divulge love letters they have received. They belong to the recipient. That being said, selling your love letters just because you can get more for them because they were from someone famous, is rather gauche and not a 'cool move' at all.
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    26 Jan '16 10:09
    Originally posted by FMF
    What do you think ~ any moral considerations? ~ about someone selling or publishing love letters from a still living famous ex-lover?
    I believe the sender should have copyright.
  14. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    Originally posted by Suzianne
    Every love letter I've ever gotten has been burned long ago.

    Not sure about ones I've penned, but I suspect they've suffered a similar fate.
    Love letters I have sent are so eloquent and beautiful that
    they must still survive in suitcases and boxes across the globe.


    The trash I received back have all been binned.
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    Why would somebody want to do that in the first place? They are like, "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" kind of things meant only for the two people involved.
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