Who Owns Messages?

Letter 1

On Mon, Apr 6, 2020 at 12:07 PM Alejandro Hernandez  wrote:

Dr. Block,

I recently found out that the university is planning on using the recordings from courses to send to prospective students. This includes the audio and video of the students participating in the class? Now a lot of fellow peers have expressed concerns about this because they don’t consent to having their audio/video shared with others. Especially since if they don’t consent, then they cannot participate in class sessions. While I understand that in the free society perspective there is no right to privacy, would this be considered a breach of contract because students consented to the rules and regulations of in-persons class, not virtual ones? Or would switching to virtual classes be an implicit contract? Curious to know what the free-market response would be for this?


-Alex Hernandez

Letter 2

From: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Sent: Monday, April 06, 2020 1:31 PM

To: Alejandro Hernandez

Subject: Re: Privacy Question

Dear  Alex:

I don’t see any implicit contract here. I think that if the university wants to broadcast this to anyone except members of the class who were absent, or, who wanted to view it again, they would need to get permission of all. If they didn’t get permission, then, they should delete that students’ participation.

Are you actually, personally, concerned about this, or is this just a theoretical question?

In similar vein, there was no implicit contract that I would add to, co author, publish your term paper. I had to get your permission.

Best regards,


Letter 3

On Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 7:45 PM Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu> wrote:


Walter E. Block, Ph.D.

Letter 4

From: Alejandro Hernandez

Sent: Friday, June 26, 2020 11:15 AM

To: Walter Block <wblock@loyno.edu>

Subject: Re: Privacy Question

Dr. Block,

I’m glad to see it. But I do wonder, is you posting our email correspondence on lewrockwell an implicit contract since I never consented to it? You can’t escape the implicit contract questions. (But as of this moment, I do consent to your post so no need to edit it)

Best Regards,

-Alex H

Letter 5

Dear Alex:

I think I’m the owner of all mail sent to me, whether electronic or paper. When you send a letter to me, I think you are sending me a gift, to do with as I wish.

Dear :

Best regards,



2:21 am on September 10, 2020