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Re: Proposed EU Directive on Electronic Commerce, mike.norris@localhost, Piet Beertema <Piet.Beertema@localhost

  • To: Ulf Vedenbrant < >
  • From: Dave Wilson < >
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 10:21:07 -0000 (GMT)

>>     and with continued abuse it is probable that some means
>>     of shifting the cost towards the sender will find favour.
>> Agreed. Would *you* dare to come up with a global
>> scheme for 'sender pays' charging though?
> If we had "sender pays" we would not have this discussion..

Agreed. Even if (as you say in your last msg) the primary problem isn't the
threat to our systems, the discussions show that there are at least efforts we
can make to shift the cost away from the ISP without having to pass around a
tin can at the Annual Worldwide Spammers Convention :-)

* Make them use specialised SMTP software with a SPAM FROM: greeting
* make them add X-UCE headers
* ask them to add keywords of *some* sort on the basis that untargeted email is
more likely to be deleted.

This reduces the nuisance to users, *and* reduces the expense and danger of
trying to cope with masses of unregulated UCE. Sounds like a successful recipe
for cost-shifting to me.


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