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Re: What's going on?
On Sun, 20 Apr 1997, Sanjay Dani wrote: > The same laws that apply to someone running a false advertisement > on TV or newspaper should apply here. Any ISP would be willing > to help law enforcement with appropriate warrants to track > the identity of the spammer. Sigh. Which country's laws? If Canada passed a law against spam, who will Canadians complain to about spam delivered from the US? Suppose the spam originates in Canada, but is relayed through a non-Canadian mailserver before it arrives at the Canadian site? Think about it. Such a law would be much like the internet 'decency' law which the US Supreme Court is reviewing. They may as well be deliberating on whether to make rain illegal on Saturday, because it doesn't matter what they decide. Some US porn sites could get busted, but the sites would move to another country. And maybe not even that -- Move the JPGs to another country, and just use links on the porn site which refer to the JPGs. Germany is leaning on Compuserve about their news feed. But there is nothing to prevent German Compuserve users from using a non-German newsserver, so naked-women pictures will be available for the boys in .de. The only way that national law can ever shape the internet, is to divide the internet according to national boundaries. With each country cut off from each other, then you can have enforcable laws. I expect that in the case of the US, it would reduce spam by up to 10%. Send email from France to the US? No problem -- Write your email and send it to 'US-CustomsSpamInspector@Email.Imports.US.gov'. They will relay to the addressee. Bill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -