Not good enough research. I don't have time nor the interest to wander through the group "terms of service and agreement" but these issues have come up in the past regarding these kinds of companies. For instance there was an issue over Facebook overreach with regard to owning user content. IOW, if Doug took Fairfield Life to another group like Google or Reddit etc Yahoo might have a problem with it though likely not as FFL isn't even a blip on their radar.

We know that other Fairfield and TM centric groups have come and gone on the Internet. The only ones that seem to survive are the ones that expose the authoritarian overreach of the organization.

On 09/17/2016 09:34 AM, [FairfieldLife] wrote:

As I said, Doug is the owner of FFL. "List Owner" happens to be Yahoo's own term for the individual responsible for a group. Look at any group "About" page; scroll down to the "Group Email Addresses" section. The last address is called "List Owner." For FFL, the address is:

An email to this address will go to Doug.

For The_Peak, it's:

An email to this address will go to Jim.

For the Self-publishing group, it's:

(Don't know who the owner is for that group.)

And so on. This is standard throughout Yahoo Groups.

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On 09/17/2016 06:31 AM, authfriend@... <mailto:authfriend@...> [FairfieldLife] wrote:

    Well, I was going to suggest that we not wait to be "exiled," but
    simply pick up and move over to FFL2. The ugly threatening tone
    of Doug's recent posts suggests that we don't have any voice in
    the matter; he's clearly not interested in entertaining dissent.

    Remember, Doug is the owner of FFL, and if he wants to turn it
    into a forum that Rick and those of us who have been here for
    years wouldn't recognize or find appealing, that's his
    prerogative. His recent post indicates that he's huddling with
    anonymous folks who have apparently never participated in FFL, so
    their concerns don't reflect ours.

    (If the name "FairfieldLife Freer Speech" is claimed to infringe
    on the "FairfieldLife" brand name so as to preclude our using
    that forum for discussions that don't conform to Doug's ideas
    about isolating spirituality from the rest of human experience,
    I'm sure Alex would be willing to change the name.)

    *More likely Yahoo is the owner not Doug.  It's probably in the
    terms of service.  Doug would just be considered "responsible" for
    it.  It's a "rights" issue and often part of these kinds of
    services.  Or basically attorneys on steroids creations.

    <>, <awoelflebater@...>
    <mailto:awoelflebater@...> wrote :

    <>, <authfriend@...>
    <mailto:authfriend@...> wro! te :

    Most of us who are discussing politics are not "trolling," and
    it's insulting to suggest otherwise.

    Political discussions are "without spiritual context" only if you
    put spirituality in a box and wall it off from the rest of human
    experience. Rick realized this, and chose not to build such
    walls. That's why he didn't limit discussion topics in any way
    (other than to exclude pornography).

    It looks like we (the non-spiritual cretins that we are) may be
    exiled off to FFL-2 if this keeps up...

    <>, <dhamiltony2k5@...>
    <mailto:dhamiltony2k5@...> wrote :

    I am appreciating the comments here about the group.

    The trolling of mundane subject threads here posted and!
    scrolling ticker-tape style down the subject line with first
    lines of posts like one can read on news feeds most anywhere, but
    on FFL, a spiritual Yahoo-group, they often do seem to abuse the
    freedom of what Yahoo provides us as a group. .

    While being entertained by most any and all of content posted
    here on FF yet as a responsible member here I am looking at
    several who have long method in trolling the site with offered
    material that is quite without spiritual context, evidently
    unrelated to FFL, a spiritual Yahoo-group.  Yahoo asks us for
    moderation.  I have relied on membership to self-contain
    themselves in a moderation according to an inherent civility
    entailed the Yahoo-groups guidelines as the means of community
    here. Most have been able to write quite well within what is
    given to us as the Yahoo-groups guidelines.  Those guidelines do
    provide really quite wide margins for expression.. Yahoo Groups

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