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Re: legislation

  • From: (George W. Mills)
  • Date: Thu, 25 Feb 1999 00:37:57 GMT
  • Organization: European Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email

On Wed, 24 Feb 1999 16:32:40 +0100, Jan Meijer <Jan.Meijer@localhost

> Virginia makes some progress in lawmaking:
> although it's been opposed.  Don't know if this is old news.

The latest can be seen at

and at

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> Here are some excerpts from the Reuters release:
>   ----------------------------
>   Lawmakers in Virginia, home to America Online Inc., the nation's
>   largest Internet service provider, adopted legislation Tuesday that
>   would make it a crime to send mass, unsolicited electronic
>   mailings, known as "spam," on the Internet.
>   The bill, which Gov. James Gilmore has promised to sign, would
>   make Virginia the first state in the nation to have the power to
>   criminally prosecute people accused of spamming.


>   ACLU of Virginia's executive director, Kent Willis, said there was
>   little evidence that spamming was enough of a problem to justify
>   constraints on free speech on the Internet.
>   "Expression is protected in the commercial context as well as the
>   noncommercial context, and no one has yet to come up with a
>   valid or compelling state interest in limiting the way e-mail is sent,"
>   he said.

GWM (B.)
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        - Fare dodger on the Infobahn (Others must pay)
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