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Re: Lawsuit threat against RBL users

  • From: John Leong
  • Date: Thu Dec 03 21:26:03 1998

There is a different between traffic that is objectionable because it
abuses the network infrastructure (e.g. Smurf DOS attacks) and traffic
that is objectionable because of the nature of the content (libel,
'porno', copyright violation etc.).

I believe common carrier such as the phone companies have every right
and do take actions against abusers of network (e.g. people using the
blue boxes in the old days to get free long distance calls) but decline
to act as censors for the content.

I believe the RBL list falls into the abuse prevention category.  Now,
if the RBL selectively filters Spam based on the content type of the
Spam, that will be censorship.

John Leong