Commercial activity on bionet

Tim Burland timb at dnastar.com
Fri Dec 5 17:52:18 EST 1997


I am seeking clarification of the policy on commerical activity for
BIOSCI/bionet newsgroups, in particular for bionet.software.  My enquiry is
prompted by this commerical message posted by one of our competitors in the
sequence analysis software business:

Subject:      Sequencher moving to Windows NT/95 (ANNOUNCE)
From:         howardc at GENECODES.COM (Howard Cash)
Date:         1997/11/20
Message-ID:   <m0xYcDR-00017TC at server.branch.com>
Newsgroups:   bionet.software

The message is a new product announcement.  My company might also like to
post new product announcements to this forum, but some BIOSCI policy
statements would seem to prohibit this action.  For example, a message at
http://www.bio.net/BIOSCI/biosci.FAQ.html#q4 states that "Commercial
activities on BIOSCI are in general prohibited", and goes on to say that
"BIOSCI will takes steps to terminate network access to any reader who
willfully violates our commercial use policies."  On this basis, one might
expect access to be terminated for our competitor above.

In contrast, a usenet policy statement at
ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.announce.newusers/Rules_for_posting_to_Us
enet states that "Announcement of professional products or services on
Usenet is allowed, provided suitable restraint is exercised."  In this
case, it appears that product announcements may be acceptable.  If so, we
would naturally want to announce our own new products in bionet.software.

However, a message from biosci-help:

Subject:      ATTN: BIO-SOFT/bionet.software to be automoderated for spam
From:         biosci-help at NET.BIO.NET (BIOSCI Administrator)
Date:         1997/12/05
Message-ID:   <CMM-RU.1.4.881350616.biohelp at net.bio.net>
Newsgroups:   bionet.software,

includes the bionet.software charter.  This charter concludes with the
statement "Use of the newsgroup for commercial purposes is prohibited."  It
is hard to see how the above product announcement could be acceptable under
this charter.

I am anxious that a level playing field be established at bionet.software
for competing commercial interests, and would appreciate clarification of
this issue.  I am sending this message to bio-soft at net.bio.net as this is
the email address listed for moderation and there is no individual
moderator or discussion leader listed for bionet.software.  

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely, 

Tim Burland
VP & General Manager
DNASTAR Inc
1228 South Park St
Madison WI 53715
608 258 7420




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