My girlfriend has written a lengthy magazine article that includes excerpts from real emails. She is not planning on getting permission to use these emails (for a slew of reasons). She has gone through and blacked out all personal information (including names, addresses, phone numbers, and anything else that would identify the author).
She asked me to research the legality of this for her. Everything I've found has stated that emails, much like a conversation in a public place, are not the property of anyone and can be reproduced. Am I correct in assuming that she is in the legal right?