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Rabbeinu Gershom issued a Cherem (ban) on unauthorized reading of private letters.

I would like to know how books which contain private correspondence or sh'elos us'shuvos between Rabbis and other people are published?

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The sefer Igros Moshe is just the responses; the original questions are omitted for assumedly precisely this reason. – Tatpurusha Apr 24 '14 at 18:48
    
@Tatpurusha and the assumption is that Rav Moshe gave expressed permission to publish all these letters even those which were subsequently published after he passed away? – user5092 Apr 24 '14 at 19:39
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I sure hope so... – Tatpurusha Apr 24 '14 at 21:14
    
This article contains a number of sources on the topic. – mevaqesh Feb 10 '15 at 0:35

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