Written by Bob McElwain

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Two Giant Leaps

They took a giant step by taking advantage of specialized software now available. It scans any document and automatically sends their "spam" to every URL and email address found. Fascinating. I'm now a spammer because my work appears in an ezine they have defined as spam. Nuts. This usually amounts to someone forgetting they subscribed.

Their latest step is even more absurd. You are now "spamming" with a 100% opt-in list if no confirmation is required. What inrepparttar world does confirmation have to do with unsolicited bulk email?

My thanks-for-subscribing message includes URLs torepparttar 132810 goodies. And a URL that can be clicked to automatically unsubscribe.

When you open your front door to a knock, do you close it and require another?

Facts About Subscriber Counts.

You're bound to lose a few list members alongrepparttar 132811 way. Some choose to unsubscribe. More make a change in their email address and do not think to subscribe again. Thus you will inevitably lose membership each month. Possibly 2% of your list.

So long asrepparttar 132812 number of new subscribers exceedsrepparttar 132813 number lost each month, your list will continue to grow. But try a confirmation request, and you may findrepparttar 132814 number of new members does not replace those lost.

Now explain to me how I'm going to grow a business in such fashion. And further, explain how SpamCops can decide that a list that doesn't require confirmation is sending spam. Then go on and make it clear just what SpamCops intends to accomplish with this demand. I don't think they know. They simply delight in hurting people.

So What's Next On The Agenda

Right. You guessed it. Content. If SpamCops can make confirmation indirectlyrepparttar 132815 "law," what's to prevent them from judgingrepparttar 132816 content of a given newsletter as unsuitable, and thus spam? Maybe a piece such as this one directed atrepparttar 132817 evil done by such a rag-tag bunch of low-lifes.

A scary thought to me. This would open a whole new world of opportunity to destroy helpless individuals.

Fighting Back

Don't even think about it. If you are attacked by SpamCops, respond minimally and politely as required, and get on with your business.

These people absolutely thrive on conflict. They glow with inner "strength" inrepparttar 132818 heat of battle. They can amass an array of other right-thinkers against you.

Forget it, for it's a battle you can not win. It is impossible to reason with irrationality.

Hitting Where It Hurts

However, you can now hit back. And inrepparttar 132819 right place. Their pocket book.

In a recent issue of her ezine, "The iCop Whistle Blower," jl scott offered a neat piece aboutrepparttar 132820 absurdities of SpamCops. She wrapped with a positive and powerful suggestion. I want to dorepparttar 132821 same here.

Serious minded people are joining in a class action suit against these people. You can contribute information or choose to participate. Here are some key links.

Victim Form - Explain How You've Been Hurt

Notes about how this all got started

Keep up on what is happening

In Closing ...

Here's a comment from jl scott. "I saluterepparttar 132822 people who are determined to organize this class action suit. Clearly, if we don't do it ourselves, these wild-eyed lunatics will continue to hurt decent and ethical businesses."

I applaud her stand. Come join in;repparttar 132823 water's fine.

Bob McElwain, author of "Your Path To Success." How to build ANY business you want, just the way you want it, with only pocket money.

SPAM Laws of 2001

Written by A.T.Rendon

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First, because ofrepparttar language that allows for a one-time email to be sent so long as a valid return email address is provided byrepparttar 132807 sender andrepparttar 132808 sender removes anyonerepparttar 132809 so requests to be removed from that mailing list.

Although this isrepparttar 132810 same exact language that was included inrepparttar 132811 bill that passedrepparttar 132812 House last year, many SPAM fanatics are raising objections to its' inclusion inrepparttar 132813 bill this year.

Second, isrepparttar 132814 language inrepparttar 132815 last paragraph that would allow a "right of action by a recipient or provider",repparttar 132816 problem being thatrepparttar 132817 law would allow Internet Service Providers, ISP's, to file for monetary damages against spammers torepparttar 132818 tune of $500 per email sent or $50,000 per mailing incident.

Opponents argue that ISP's would be filing against anyone that might be accused of SPAM, guilty or not, in hopes of reaping big financial gains.

Considering how SPAM compalints are often handled these days with innocent people having their services terminated or web site shut down without even having allegations of SPAM investigated, perhaps there is reason for such fears of abuse.

A search of bothrepparttar 132819 Senate, http://www.senate.gov/ andrepparttar 132820 House, http:/ homas.loc.gov/ found onlyrepparttar 132821 following under The keyword "Spam":

Two other bills introduced inrepparttar 132822 House are:

1. Wireless Telephone Spam Protection Act - H.R.113 : http:/ homas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c107:1:. emp/~c107WLOF59::

2. Anti-Spamming Act of 2001 - H.R. 1017: This Act may be cited asrepparttar 132823 `Anti-Spamming Act of 2001' http:/ homas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c107:2:. emp/~c107WLOF59::

Rep. Gene Green, fromrepparttar 132824 29th District in Texas and isrepparttar 132825 sponsor of HR 95, so if you wish to make any suggestions or comments onrepparttar 132826 proposed Spam Law, he can be reached by any ofrepparttar 132827 following:

HON. GENE GREEN 2335 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-1688 Fax: (202) 225-9903

HON. GENE GREEN 256 N. Sam Houston Pkwy. E., Suite 29 Houston, TX 77060 (281) 999-5879 Fax: (281) 999-5716

If you would like to send him an email, you may do so by visiting his official web site at: http://www.house.gov/green/ and filling outrepparttar 132828 supplied form.

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