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Re: Affects of the balkanization of mail blacklisting

  • From: Mitch Halmu
  • Date: Mon Aug 13 23:04:46 2001

On Mon, 13 Aug 2001, J.D. Falk wrote:

> 	Remember how much shit ARIN got here when it was first announced
> 	that they'd be charging for IP addresses?  That thread was much
> 	worse than the recent MAPS hubbub -- probably because MAPS has 
> 	big, scary, easy-to-understand money holes like "legal fees," 
> 	while all ARIN's got is "operating expenses."

Apparently, the legal fees have escalated as a number of injured parties
have filed suit against MAPS and the courts found some merit in their
complaints. Making a living at disrupting other providers' communications 
is bound to lead to that kind of reaction. Unfortunately, only well 
heeled companies can afford to protect their rights in federal court.

Let's face it JD, this is a high stakes game, and the winner stands to 
collect the entire jackpot. They'll either get the court blessed right 
to be your Big Brother over all your communications and get the monopoly
to censor, or they'll risk going under. This was clearly outlined in the 
MAPS battle plan that desires a legal confrontation to make case law.
In other words, they purposely sought out to incur those "big, scary 
money holes like legal fees". They got their wish.

Should just one of the 3 plaintiffs win...