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12 Jan 2011

Wow, Sanford Wallace Owes a Lot of Money Email
Last September
MySpace sued ur-spammers Sanford "Spamford" Wallace and Walt "Pickle Jar" Rines for egregious violations of CAN SPAM. After some early skirmishes involving an expert for Wallace so unqualified that the judge threw out his testimony, Wallace and Rines stopped responding, so as was widely reported, earlier this week the court granted a default judgement. Since they sent a lot of spam, the statutory damages came to an enormous $235 million. Even for Spamford, that's a lot of money.

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09 Jan 2011

This Blog Post Is Confidential Internet

Every day we get mail with text like this at the bottom:

This E-mail and any of its attachments may contain [big company] proprietary information, which is privileged, confidential, or subject to copyright belonging to [big company]. This E-mail is intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient of this E-mail, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, copying, or action taken in relation to the contents of and attachments to this E-mail is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you have received this E-mail in error, please notify the sender immediately and permanently delete the original and any copy of this E-mail and any printout.
Why do people put those tags on their mail? And do they mean anything? I can't answer the first question, but the answer to the second is definitely No.

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08 Jan 2011

Yahoo also reponds to Holomaxx Email

On Dec 23, Yahoo responded to the silly Holomaxx lawsuit. Their analysis agrees with mine: every claim is wrong, and the suit has no merit at all. This doesn't mean that I'm a brilliant legal analyst. It just means that the issues are obvious.

Laura at Word to the Wise goes through the response and we all agree, they have no case.

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03 Jan 2011

Should it be a crime to read your spouse's e-mail? Email
Leon and Clara Walker live near Detroit, divorced on Dec 14, and clearly should never have gotten married in the first place. The case is a messy one with multiple ex-husbands and child custody battles, but its basic facts seem not to be in dispute.

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