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Re: Reporting Little Blue Men
From: Phil Howard <phil () charon milepost com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 1998 15:33:40 -0600 (CST)

Dennis Simpson writes...

From: Dean Anderson <dean () av8 com>

But when you take the step from advocacy to actions you are violating the
law in almost every case.  You can advocate anything, but you can't go
tearing down buildings, or in this case, intercepting communications.

Filtering packets is not interception, it is disregard. If I ignore
your packets and do not pass them to the next machine in the link, I
am not intercepting your communications, I am ignoring them. Unless
you are paying me to do so, I have no obligation to carry your packets.

I agree fully.  Interception only takes place by a party whose role is
not the carrying of the communication.  The phone company is not doing
an interception of your Chicago to New York phone call if they happen
to route it via Dallas and Atlanta just because there are available lines
there.


If my server checks message headers to determine validity before
transferring to a spool file, I am not intercepting, I am determining
message routing. As above, if you aren't paying me, I have no obligation
to deliver something you handed me for delivery. Or are you suggesting
mail servers should deliver mail without determining who it is for?

The only possible remaining obligation is with the receiver who is paying.
If they actually _want_ spam, then the obligation to deliver is not met if
spam is blocked.  OTOH I know of no one (besides spammers) who actually
want spam (and most spammers themselves don't want any from anyone else).

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Phil Howard | die3spam () no0where edu w2x4y3z2 () dumbads9 com stop0it3 () no2where com
  phil      | w0x5y9z1 () anyplace edu stop4078 () s8p6a5m7 com a4b3c9d3 () no87ads9 net
    at      | blow0me5 () lame6ads org end4it59 () dumb6ads edu no37ads5 () no3where edu
  milepost  | suck7it0 () anyplace net eat77me9 () spam8mer org eat06me1 () no0where net
    dot     | a8b9c5d3 () no4where edu no69ads7 () anywhere com stop7541 () dumb6ads com
  com       | no9way51 () noplace5 com die0spam () no9where org w8x3y6z6 () no6place edu


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