1997-05-23 - Re: spam is a good thing (was Re: Spam IS Free Speech)

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From: Robert Hettinga <rah@shipwright.com>
To: John Deters <aba@dcs.ex.ac.uk>
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UTC Datetime: 1997-05-23 03:40:09 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 11:40:09 +0800

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From: Robert Hettinga <rah@shipwright.com>
Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 11:40:09 +0800
To: John Deters <aba@dcs.ex.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: spam is a good thing (was Re: Spam IS Free Speech)
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At 12:40 pm -0400 on 5/22/97, John Deters wrote:

> Adam's "Tragedy of the Unmetered Commons" certainly provides a solution.
> Metering and charging e$ for mail-routing services would allow it to occur
> while stopping the freeloaders.

The tragedy of the commons, of course, is that nobody owns it. :-).

Eric Hughes and his penny-roll experiments to the contrary...

Bob Hettinga

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