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RE: Political Spam - what can you do about it?



fedora-list-bounces redhat com wrote:
> I have a customer on our system (we're local ISP) that fancies himself
> quite the political spinmeister.  He absolutely inundates people with
> his (what I call) SPAM email.  We have received numerous complaints
> about this guy from all over the US (mostly colleges that he targets)
> requesting that this guy be shut down.  He even "attacked" me one day
> not knowing who I was and told me that he would sue us if we tried to
> take his email privileges away and gave me a link to some government
> site with various documents on what "is" email spam and what is "not"
> email spam.  Apparently (I read all of the docs) when the lawmakers
> created this anti-spam law they removed the label "spam" from anything
> that is political in nature (so they could use it themselves and be
> above the law).  It would appear that this guy has me beaten but I
> just can't stand to sit back and watch this guy annoy other domains
> the way that he does.  Does anyone else out there have any
> "knowledge" or insight on this issue or can give me a link to some
> good resources? I have already scoured the ".gov" sites and it
> doesn't look good. thanks,
> Doug

Most ISPs have an Authorised Use Policy which permits you to terminate or
otherwise discipline a customer when they send what *you* say is spam, not
what the gov't says is spam.  Additionally, there are "creating a nuisance"
clauses, etc.  Unless your equipment/ISP is owned by a government agency or
utility, you are under no obligation to carry their traffic or do business
with them.

 -Don


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