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Re: Mitch tries to defend his open relay again (was Re: ORBS (Re: Scanning))
From: "J.D. Falk" <jdfalk () cybernothing org>
Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 11:21:46 -0700


On 05/28/01, Mitch Halmu <mitch () netside net> wrote: 

So here's the essence of my reasoning: your approach to combat spamming 
and your methods of enforcement are wrong. You employ the same argument 
to restrict relays as used against lawful gun owners by those that want 
to take them away. You are unwilling to go after the actual spammers, and 
instead punish network owners for someone else's client deeds. Well, that 
won't fly in America. There is your legal precedent in spirit.

        The core problem with your reasoning is that you consider any
        site's refusal of your mail to be "enforcement," presumably
        some type of punishment, while most of the folks who deny your
        mail see it as security.  They are protecting themselves from
        the people that YOU have allowed to abuse your mail server.
        They don't know or care who you are, who your users are, or
        what your reasons for allowing that abuse might be.

        I don't expect you to admit to being wrong this late in the
        thread, but please, think about that difference for a while,
        even if you disagree with it.

I am in favor of explicit federal legislation regulating this aspect of 
electronic communications. Then we'll all know exactly what's legal and
what's not, and the playing field becomes level again for all. That would 
likely put you out of a job, I'm afraid...

        It is the fervent wish of every sane anti-spammer (and yes, I
        know, there's a lot who aren't sane) that we could stop doing
        this work entirely.

        Oh, and you appear to be mistaken about which organizations I
        am currently involved with.  I will endeavor to ensure that
        all relevant web sties are updated.

-- 
J.D. Falk                                                SILENCE IS FOO!
<jdfalk () cybernothing org>


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