Michelle Sullivan matthew at
Fri Feb 19 07:21:51 UTC 2010

Crist Clark wrote:
>>>> On 2/18/2010 at 11:47 AM, Michelle Sullivan <matthew at> wrote:
>> Crist Clark wrote:
>>> We received such a message from a Spamhaus Datafeed reseller
>>> and eventually had our DNS servers blocked. What angered me was
>>> that I analyzed our usage, and we were well below the thresholds
>>> and met the TOS published at the Spamhaus website for no-cost use.
>>> However, they said we had to subscribe to the Datafeed despite
>>> that because we have a Barracuda appliance.
>> Well aside from I remember reading that they look for Barracuda
>> Appliances*, it does say on:
>> *Definition: "non-commercial use" is use for any purpose other than as
>> part or all of a product or service that is resold, or for use of which
>> a fee is charged. For example, using our DNSBLs in a commercial spam
>> filtering appliance that is then sold to others requires a data feed,
>> regardless of use volume. The same is true of commercial spam filtering
>> software and commercial spam filtering services.
> We do not fit into that. We are not selling an appliance or service
> to others (the 'Cuda is for our internal corporate email only, not
> customers). If we were still using my home-built SpamAssassin system,
> it'd be OK to use Spamhaus. Now that we've purchased an appliance
> and manually added a Spamhaus to the user-customizable DNSBL list
> on it, it's not OK?

To use a phrase that I use for myself on SORBS...

Their list their rules.  If you don't like the rules, don't use the list.

They've stated you have an appliance and regardless of volume, you are
not 'non commercial' and have to pay a license.  It's their list and
their license, so you cannot fault them for that no matter how much you
disagree with it.



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