by Mike Masnick

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entrepreneurs, lawsuits, spam

The Rise Of Anti-Spam Lawsuit Entrepreneurs

from the give-me-spam-so-i-can-sue-you dept

I'll admit that many years ago, when I first heard about people trying to sue spammers for profit, it sounded like a pretty cool idea. No one likes spammers, and being able to sue them and make some money off of it sounds good, right? But it appears that it's becoming a bigger business these days, and in a story about a specific case from one such person, Eric Goldman reasonably questions the tactics of some of these "anti-spam litigation entrepreneurs," noting that they often seek out spam, just to have more to sue over. That seems highly problematic. If they're purposely putting their email address out there just to get spam, with the intention of suing over it, it's difficult to see how they have much of a claim to complain about the spam received. Now, it appears that some judges are starting to fight back against clear profiteers, who are clearly not using the law as a way to fight spam, but just to profit.

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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Mar 2010 @ 12:33am

    Re: Re: Ironic?

    Point taken on being anonymous. However I do disagree with everyone's opinion of ISP choice. Some countries are limited in ISPs. My own country has bandwidth limitations in every package. Not every country is advanced and it is unfair to suggest we leave our country. As such spam, as well as being annoying especially in SMS situations where we have to SMS 'stop' to pay to be opted out when we never opted in, is costly and or time consuming for enough people to make it worth concern. Spam and junkmail should have strict laws which must be followed, and I see no harm in the profit benefit where our needs for these stricter laws are not met. 'Thowing' your email out without giving consent for spam and or junkmail is as others have said, no more harmless than a woman choosing to dress in less.

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