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Re: companies like microsoft and telia...
From: "Anne P. Mitchell, Esq." <amitchell () habeas com>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 23:44:14 -0700

MS is also, I am told, behind the gutting, stalling, and undermining 
of Senator Bowen's SB 12 (the California anti-spam legislation).   

Right now her office is basically scrambling to get other ISPs to give 
their input so that they can demonstrate that MS does not speak for 
the networking world in wanting things like this:

"If a recipient has either provided direct consent or has a preexisting 
or current business relationship with the sender, commercial e-mail 
advertisements from that sender shall not be construed as 
unsolicited commercial e-mail advertisements."  
(k) "Preexisting or current business relationship," as used in 
connection with the sending of a commercial e-mail advertisement, 
means the recipient has made an inquiry, application, purchase, or 
transaction regarding products or services, including the use of free 
products or services, offered by the sender."

So pretty much if someone breathed in their general direction, it's 
ok to put them on a mailing list and spam the heck out of them.  

MS apparently threw their weight around in the Business & 
Professions committee, and asserted that they stand for everyone, 
and few others have come forth to refute it.

[Note:  We're leading a delegation to meet with Senator Bowen 
tomorrow;  if anybody here cares about this stuff, and would like to 
offer their 2cents, I'd be happy to send you a copy of the bill, and 
hand carry a fax to her (or give you a fax # for her). But it needs to 
be fast, I'm heading up there in about 8 hours.  This is CA legislation 
affecting any network which sends to or is in CA - it will impact 
everyone, on some level.]

We now end this "how Bill becomes a law" civics class, and return 
you to your regularly scheduled NANOG.


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