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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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    Karl, 18 Oct 2006 @ 11:42am

    Spamhaus

    The big issue here is that they’re trying to close down the spamhaus.org through ICANN. Since ICANN is a US company they might have to comply. By doing so will cause huge problems. This will eventually cause the internet to have a break down because all the countries won't trust the US to control all the domain names and will create there own .ORG/.COM/Etc… servers.

    Personally I think the Judge who allowed it to go this far is not very smart or has no clue of what could happen. Allowing a known spammer (a big one too) to sue a company that help us keep our servers load low. It isn’t right; this should have never even been brought up in court.

    Not to mention that it’s a UK base company being sued.

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