Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick




Telemarketers Sue To Stop FTC Do-Not-Call List

from the nice-try,-but... dept

Telemarketers are up in arms about the proposed FTC do-not-call list that would have telemarketers fined for calling people who didn't want to hear from them. They're now suing the FTC to block such a list, saying it's a violation of their free speech rights, and also that it would discriminate against an industry that supplies millions of jobs. Of course, I'm not sure what's illegal about the jobs part of it. I'm sure that the drug industry employs millions as well, but that doesn't mean the government doesn't try to slow them down, also. I'm also not convinced of their free speech rights either. They're certainly allowed to say what they want. This list just means they cannot chose to interrupt and bother these people in their homes. That's not taking away anyone's free speech rights at all.

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    Oliver Wendell Jones, 30 Jan 2003 @ 6:50am

    Your rights have a range

    Your rights extend only until the point their intersect someone else's rights.

    You have a legal right to swing your arms wildly around. That right stops the moment someone enters the range of your arms and could be struck.

    You have a legal right to play your music as loud as you want. That right stops as soon as someone who doesn't want to hear your music at that volume enters the area where the music can be heard.

    You have a legal right to talk and say whatever you want. That right stops as soon as you try to talk to someone who doesn't want to hear from you.

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      Joe Schmoe, 30 Jan 2003 @ 8:18am

      Re: Your rights have a range

      Well said.

      I'ts amazing, and distressing, that people don't understand that the right to free speech is just that, not a right to be heard.

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    thecaptain, 30 Jan 2003 @ 10:28am

    Give em a federal grant...

    to buy a clue..

    You'd THINK that these people would love to be able to easily AVOID people who don't want to hear from them (to instead focus on those who do...or those who don't care enough either way to get on the list)...

    Hmm...I think that's the key word...THINK. Greed kills braincells methinks.

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    valerie burrus, 2 Sep 2003 @ 5:34pm

    telemarketers suing the fcc

    this is against the constituional rights of americans and it puts millions out of business. we are not low life scum which was on publix.com with chopping heads off blood going everywhere to major violence on the phone.This is an outrage of freedom of speech. We might as well have stalon or hussein here or go back to the communist party when Hitler was in office. If Americans i use that lightly if they react to this what is the difference between terrorists and so called Americans. I see no differnce.

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