spam/avoidance of

From: Roger Merchberger <>
Date: Thu Jan 31 15:20:18 2002

Rumor has it that Don Maslin may have mentioned these words:

>California has a law as cited in the the following paragraphs:
> Unsolicited commercial e-mail is in direct violation of the California
> Business & Professions Code Section 17538.4 which provides that all
> unsolicited commercial e-mail transmissions to California residents
> must meet certain requirements.
> Failure to comply with any of the rules is a criminal offense
> punishable by a $1,000 fine and/or six months imprisonment for each
> offense. In addition, individuals may file civil actions to seek
> injunctive relief.
> ==================
>I have no idea how many Californians are aware of it, or have taken
>advantage of the penalty part.

or have actually been able to find the spammers to send them the bill /

With the ability to spoof almost every header of SMTP traffic, tracking the
spammers is quite difficult.

Before UCE is stomped dead in it's tracks, SMTP has to go away, and be
replaced by a more responsible infrastructure, that would hold people
accountable for the use of their accounts.

ISP's should also be held accountable - if a spammer hits an ISP and the
ISP kills the account & blacklists the person/company, then the ISP is not
at fault. However, if there are some ISP's that can't/won't take
responsibility for the management of their servers (i.e. open relaying, no
accountability of the users, etc.) then these ISP's should also be part of
the criminal offense.

I'm co-owner of an ISP, so I'm not picking on folks I don't know anything

Hit 'em in the pocketbook, or hit 'em in the nose - but until the
responsible people can actually find the bad guys to hit 'em, the situation
will never change. :-(

Back ontopic (kinda) - Anyone know how to boot OS-9 on my Palm? :-)
Roger "Merch" Merchberger
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Received on Thu Jan 31 2002 - 15:20:18 GMT

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