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An Midwest internet service provider was awarded an $11.2 billion judgment
against a Florida man for sending millions of unsolicited e-mails advertising mortgage
and debt consolidation services...
The most recent judgment was issued Dec. 23 against James McCalla of Florida,
who is also barred from accessing the internet for three years.
Plus on an ROI base when it comes from the US or India or China to my french ISP addy in english do they really think most recipients would understand it so they are ripping off their english language customers as well as costing everyone bandwidth..
Spam is the one thing that can kill the internet just by overloading the hardware ..no financial or custodial penalty is too harsh for the morons who do this ..
It's the data equivalent of global warming ..keep it up and they are gonna break the "machine" ..or planet ..
If virus makers were only punished by this yardstick ... and they could be.
the sony rootkit on the other hand ..and the 2 CEO's who knew what they were doing .. yeah ..can't wait for the outcome of the law suits there ;))
I thought some guy in the UK just won a case cos someone in a jersey business spammed him at his mainland business ..about 2500.oo sterling damages ..B2B spam ..last 2 weeks or so according to radio 4 .
to report spam in the UK and get compensation is a lengthy process - i think to get compensation through the courts, you have to get proof that the spam really was spam - for example getting the advertising standards authority to agree that it was spam and take action against the spammers
i reported spam (to my personal email address) to the ASA a while ago - it took ages to deal with, lots of emails and phone calls, but the ASA eventually agreed it was spam - they cautioned the spammer - i guess it took about 20 hours of my time for one spam
anti-spam laws are just not strong enough and the authorities are too slow to react - i'd like capital punishment for spammers too ...........
I would love to charge persons that send me spam $10 per email - would probably make more than all my other ventures put together!
With GOOD legislation, all that takes is a legal judgement that "consolidate your Viagra loans"
(or whatever) is indeed SPAM.
ANYONE who received that message collects 10 (whatever) very simple.
Normal legal defenses would and should apply, in case a spammer hides behind innocent parties.
Otherwise, all ill gotten gains are forfeit.
All of this goes double for the inventors and propagators of viruses.
Teeny boppers? Suppose some kid sprays paint all over your brick/mortar store front?
Parents are then responsible. You create the monster, its your dime.
Anything less and there's no accountability here.
The very same principles, property rights and all, need to be applied to the electronic scene.
Those same principles have served us well for a long long time.
The tough part will be keeping politicians out of the mix. -Larry
I say X-em but I also say X the lawyers, these laws are never for those hurt just for those X-in lawyers scum who can turn another X-in buck to profit on another X-in scam.
Tell me I am wrong webmasters......