Accused Spammer Sues Spamhaus, Wins $11 Million
from the what's-wrong-with-making-a-list? dept
A few years ago, a group of spammers teamed up to sue a bunch of anti-spammers, with the main target being Spamhaus, who keeps what's considered the definitive list of spammers. After their lawyers realized they had little chance of getting anywhere with the case, the spammers withdrew the case. The accused anti-spammers took on the odd move of trying to get the case to continue in order to set a precedent that it's perfectly legal to put together a spam blacklist. However, that didn't work, and you knew it was only a matter of time until someone else sued Spamhaus. That's exactly that one company that's on Spamhaus' list did. What's surprising, though, is that they somehow convinced a judge to order Spamhaus to pay $11 million for listing the company as a spammer. As the article notes, the company, e360insight, is going to have a lot of trouble collecting since Spamhaus is based in the UK and outside the jurisdiction of the Illinois-based court. While part of the reason Spamhaus may have lost was Steve Linford's decision to basically ignore the case and not show up or defend Spamhaus at all, it's still not at all clear how the $11 million was picked as the number -- but the whole thing seems problematic. All Spamhaus does is put together a list of companies or individuals who Spamhaus has collected evidence on suggesting they're spammers. Linford insists that the company in question absolutely is a spammer and he won't remove them -- and he doesn't see why it should cost him millions of dollars for being honest and keeping his list accurate. While it is true that some anti-spam blacklists can be way too aggressive, it should hardly be illegal to put one together -- especially if you have evidence to back up the claims. Spamhaus has always been one of the more respected anti-spam lists out there, and it's difficult to believe it would continue to put a company on the list if it didn't truly believe the company was guilty of spamming.