Jay Maynard (jmaynard) wrote,
Jay Maynard
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Spam, spam, spam, spam, lawyers, spam, spam and spam

I, and a lot of other folks, use the SPEWS list to block email from hosts and networks that support and facilitate spamming. SPEWS operates anonymously, and does not contact anyone or accept contacts from anyone. The FAQ does say that anyone wanting to discuss SPEWS listings should do so in the Usenet newsgroup news.admin.net-abuse.email . This results in a lot of postings there complaining, blustering, threatening, and whining about being listed, especially since SPEWS does not list just the sources of spam, but also expands those listings to take in larger and larger chunks of network space from providers that do not terminate spamming customers.

A common feature of these complaints is that the person making them will often threaten to sue if the listing isn't removed. This is funny on several levels, as well as usually being quite naive legally (the common wisdom on the anti-spam side is that SPEWS is doing nothing but publishing opinions about who is a spam supporter, period, an activity protected by the First Amendment).

Today, a sysadmin for the American Bar Association posted, saying that their systems were part of a SPEWS listing. The posting was refreshingly clueful, and notable because they did not make any legal threats at all. Perhaps the ABA is more professional than a bunch of spammers, after all...
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