1997-05-22 - Re: Spam IS Free Speech

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From: Mark Grant <mark@unicorn.com>
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Message Hash: 2574471ffc36fa6dabc6975142dcab47a6d4edcc02b7c25f3ddcb7ebb6e5436e
Message ID: <Pine.SOL.3.96.970522041838.26834D-100000@sirius.infonex.com>
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UTC Datetime: 1997-05-22 11:46:15 UTC
Raw Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 19:46:15 +0800

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From: Mark Grant <mark@unicorn.com>
Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 19:46:15 +0800
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: Spam IS Free Speech
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.96.970522041838.26834D-100000@sirius.infonex.com>
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> Spam is interfering with the *real* victim's (the sendmail operator's) 
> ability to provide customer service; in a very real and fiscally 
> damaging way. 

It's worse than that; some asshole has just sent out a spam with a forged
return address at $$$$@unicorn.com. There is absolutely nothing I can do
to stop people sending such forgeries, yet my mailbox is about to explode
with megabytes of complaints and mailbombs. I hate to think what kind of
mess I'll have to deal with when I get back from my holiday next week. 

Anyone know how to track down the owner of 1-800-322-6169 EXT 2561, the
only contact information in the spam? I'm not in the US so I can't call
them to complain. Is there any way I and the spammees could take legal
action against them without spending vast amounts of money?


P.S. Privtool 0.90 is just out at utopia.hacktic.nl; I'll send a proper
announcement soon. Privtool is a PGP-aware mail program for X-windows, see
details at http://www.unicorn.com/privtool/privtool.html.