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RE: Proposed EU Directive on Electronic Commerce

  • To: "'Dave Wilson'" < >
    "'Ragnar Lonn'" < >
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  • Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 10:11:53 -0000

> Negotiating the preferences of the user is a duty that must directly
> the sender of the message. This is a duty that mass mail of any kind has
> really chosen to accept; email more so than any other. It would be a
> for ISPs to offer to accept this responsibility instead - and even if we
did, I
> doubt the offer would be accepted in any other than the most cynical

I suppose this is largely because the cost model of mass mail doesn't
support any such duty; nay, it subverts it.  It inverts the conventional
model of mail i.e. that of the sender paying.  With e-mail, it is
ultimately the recipient who pays, and with continued abuse it is probable
that some means of shifting the cost towards the sender will find favour.


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