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Re: [anti-spam-wg] Proposal for a legal solution to spam

  • From: peter h <
  • Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2005 19:12:07 +0200

On Friday 09 September 2005 14.50, Ian.Meikle@localhost wrote:
> Hi,
> I came across this:

A correct observation.

Unless spam is made illegal it won't stop. One way of increasing the pressure 
could be to institute "pricehunter rewards" for everyone that can present 
proof that convicts a spammer. I imagen that we have a lot of competent
spam-fighters around the net that would love to earn a sum :-)

Making suppliers of spemvertized goods responsible could lso be a way, that 
would apply for spam selling brand names.  ( it won't help with pirated stuff
but here other laws are applicable)

ISP and corporations could also in the meantime make use of existing blocklists, this would
work today. 

Registries around the world has the authority to revoke address ranged abused
(with non-existing or non-working whois information or ranges hijacked by
spammers or hackers). There is no "Right" to obtain an ip-address range, it's
a priviligie given to those who complies.

> The author is arguing that ISPs, ICANN, RIRs and legal authorities should 
> move away from a technological approach to combatting spam, and use what 
> powers they have to enforce good behaviour.
> Do people think there is any weight to his argument? Or that what he says 
> may constitute a threat to the way in which LIRs and RIRs operate. I 
> notice that he makes a connection between spam and cyberterrorism, 
> specious in my view, which may be used to push his proposal forward.
> Regards,
> Ian

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