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Re: What's going on?

  • From: Barry Shein
  • Date: Sun Apr 20 19:47:15 1997

On April 20, 1997 at 15:17 [email protected] (Bill Becker) wrote:
 > > What has to be done is to get these third-party relay spammers
 > > arrested, sued, and their heads hung out on poles for all to see and
 > > give pause to others who might think of doing this.
 > Judges (in the US) would not do that because nobody dies or goes broke 
 > as a result of spam.  It's merely annoying.  But even if US judges were 

Nobody dies or goes broke if I play a stereo at full volume outside
your bedroom window...

Besides, I think we are getting closer and closer to people going
broke over spam as it chases potential customers away. It's kind of
like having to let people who fart a lot or won't bathe eat in your
restaurant (or maybe a closer analogy is people who insist on throwing
food around the room, I mean, it's not deadly, merely annoying...)

 > willing to nail spammers, the spammers would simply move out of their 
 > jurisdictions.  With strict anti-spam laws in place, what would you do if 
 > you were being spammed from a site in Liberia?  Same thing you do now.

I'd lobby to have Liberia's net link cut off if they can't deal with
it. Networking is a two-way street.

 > > To me, saying this can be solved technically is like saying that a
 > > rash of window breakings in your neighborhood can be solved
 > > "technically" -- everyone merely has to nail up plywood over all their
 > > windows and voila', end of problem.
 > Well, your options are limited.  You can do technical things because that's
 > within your power.  But the only laws that will affect spam, are the 
 > laws of economics. 

Well, thank you for your useless legal advice but I assure you my
attorneys feel otherwise and I'm currently well into pursuing having
two of them arrested (some do make serious mistakes.)

You'd've made a good serf, Becker.

 > Bill

        -Barry Shein

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