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Re: Spam Control Considered Harmful

  • From: Jay R. Ashworth
  • Date: Tue Oct 28 15:13:51 1997

On Tue, Oct 28, 1997 at 11:38:15AM -0800, Rik Schneider wrote:
> On Tue, 28 Oct 1997, J.D. Falk wrote:
> > On Oct 28, Daniel Karrenberg <[email protected]> wrote: 
> > > Some of them are esentially centralsied methods of controlling Internet
> > > content.  Paul's anti-spam feed for instance prevents users of some
> > > providers from seeing spam.  The user has no choice; they cannot opt to
> > > receive spam other than by switching to another provider.  Even worse:
> > > they may not even be aware that they are "missing" some content. 
> > 
> > 	Users should be aware if their ISP is blocking something,
> > 	no matter what it is.  However, that's not a technical or
> > 	operational issue...I'm not sure what category it is.
> How about "ethical issue" 

Not at all, Rik.  The only time it becomes an ethical issue is if you
_lie_ to your paying customers about what you are doing.  As long as
you tell the customers what you're doing, then they have the option to
vote with their wallets.  There are better than 4000 IAPs in this
country; no one has any excuse for limiting how those people can
operate their business on this particular point on the grounds of 'free

The first amendment only limits the _government_, anyway; this has been
the topic of much case law.

-- jra 
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