Reporting Little Blue Men

Jay R. Ashworth jra at
Wed Jan 21 19:39:13 UTC 1998

On Wed, Jan 21, 1998 at 01:49:45PM -0500, Dean Anderson wrote:
> 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.
> Even if anti-spam laws are passed, you won't be able to monitor packets or
> users to detect violations of the law, any more than the phone company can
> listen in on your calls to make sure you aren't placing illegal bets.

Ok, but some case I just saw mentioned somewhere drew a line between
people looking at things, and programs processing them automatically,
placing the former in the category of editorial control, but not the
latter.  Don't remember the context, think it was Usenet.  Presumably,
if that legal theory held, it could be applied to spaminators, as well.


-- jra
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