by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
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, 13 Oct 2008 @ 7:46am

    I never understood why spam was such a big deal. it is no different than all the junk mail you can get by giving out your address in real life and in fact is even less of a hassle with how well most spam filters work. I have received 925 pieces of spam in the past 30 days and none of it got into my inbox; indeed, I haven't had a piece of spam end up in my inbox or had a non-spam email marked as spam for years.

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