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Re: Proposed EU Directive on Electronic Commerce

  • To: Piet Beertema < >
  • From: Ulf Vedenbrant < >
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 14:13:37 +0100 (MET)
  • Cc: Richard Kettlewell < >

Perhaps that UCE is required by law to have a specific
sender domain or user tag...
That could then easily be rejected in the SMTP dialogue..
For example

uce-spam-uce should be added to the sending address


or a new top level domain... .spam or .uce


or something like this...


On Fri, 15 Jan 1999, Piet Beertema wrote:

>     	First of all there's a wild variety of user mailers,
>     	lots of which don't allow users to add X- header lines.
>     	Go tell it the developers of those mailers.
>     So perhaps it would simply become illegal to send
>     ``commercial communications'' using those mailers.
> No. You're free to use your preferred application.
>     As an analogy: it's already illegal to drive on
>     the road with motor vehicles lacking certain
>     features - why shouldn't similar logic apply here?
> Because the world is a bit larger than the road(s)
> you're driving on: you may not be allowed to drive
> with a car that lacks head lights, yet you might
> well be allowed to drive that car in Northern
> Nowhere; at your own risk, of course... ;-)
>     If `"UCE" in the subject line' were adopted as a standard
> Subject lines are there to convey short information
> about the contents of a message between humans. The
> contents of a Subject line are part of inter-human
> communication and therefore subject to the principle
> of freedom of speech. Standards therefore can never
> impose restrictions. Only laws can, and even then
> only to a very limited extent.
> 	Piet

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