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potentially profitable spam countermeasures

  • From: Erik E. Fair" (Timekeeper)
  • Date: Fri Oct 31 02:44:43 1997

Those of you who operate ISPs that accept credit-card, dial-up
customers (and therefore have a problem with spammers abusing your
services) might find this item of interest.

Earthlink's Acceptable Use Policy has a $200 penalty for spamming
in it. I am told that with the advent of this policy, there was a
dramatic drop in abuse of their service.

See for the details.
The key section is Member specifically agrees that he/she/it will
	not utilize the EarthLink Network service, EarthLink
	Network's equipment or any EarthLink Network electronic
	mail address in connection with the transmission of the
	same or substantially similar unsolicited message to 50 or
	more recipients or 15 or more newsgroups in a single day.
	For each day upon which this provision is violated, Member
	agrees to pay EarthLink Network $10.00 per day for an
	unintentional violation of this provision, but where
	warranted, such as in the case of an accidental transmission,
	EarthLink Network may waive all or part of the applicable
	charge.  In cases of willful violations of this provision,
	Member agrees to pay EarthLink Network $200.00 per day.
	EarthLink Network at its sole discretion shall determine
	whether such a violation was unintentional or willful.
	Payment by member under this provision shall not prevent
	EarthLink Network from seeking to obtain other legal remedies
	against member, including other damages or an injunction.

So, set the agreement up right, find the spammers abusing your
service, and whack them with a fine, per the agreement. Recover
your cost, plus lost goodwill.

This will not eradicate spam. However, if everyone does this, the
effect should be to sharply curtail the penny-ante players who
abuse the relative anonymity of dial-up Internet access. We would
be left with the "big" spammers who have their own connections,
which should be easier to effectively deal with.


	Erik E. Fair    [email protected]