by Mike Masnick

Spamhaus Decides To Fight For Its Right To Build A Spam List

from the crossing-the-pond dept

Following the loss in the Illinois case where a judge fined Spamhaus $11 million, and the proposed punishment of taking the site offline, Spamhaus has decided that it needs to get back into this lawsuit. It had mostly ignored the Illinois case, claiming that an Illinois court had no jurisdiction over a UK-based organization. However, with the threat of being shut down, Spamhaus has decided that it needs to play ball and will appeal the decision, though it's likely that they'll try to make the case that they are out of the court's jurisdiction. The lawyers taking on the case, by the way, have apparently agreed to do so for free. Unfortunately, the fact that Spamhaus did eventually need to engage in the case (even if their legal help is free) might only encourage spammers to keep suing Spamhaus wherever they can to set up similar situations. It would be nice if there were an actual precedent that made it clear that keeping a list isn't illegal.

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    DieSpamDie, 18 Oct 2006 @ 9:41am

    Nobody forced anyone to use said spam filter. People that did sign up wanted the service. I don't like getting tickets, I didn't sign up for that service, yet no one is able to sue the government. Interesting how that works. Sue to take away things people want, but do nothing about things people dislike.

    Good ol' capitolist america strikes again.

    My appologies for my fellow americans actions against spamhause for what it's worth. They are idiots who cant get real jobs and make an honest living. Some day they will figure it out if they ever get smart enough.

    My advice to spamhaus... declare banckruptcy today, form a new company with a different name, same employees, same products, same everything. Now illinois will have to sue the new company. When they do, change the name again. keep doing so until they run out of money. If they don't run out of money, send out a spam email to all your customers asking for donations. Then buy the spam companies out and shut them down. Take all the spam servers, bot nets, and whatever else they use and smash them with a 2x4.

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