S.1618 - 105th Congress, Unsolicited Email! A Bunch of Bull!

Written by Joe Reinbold

Have you received email solicitations with this paragraph included somewhere inrepparttar message:

"This message is sent in compliance withrepparttar 132837 new email bill section 301. Under Bill S.1618 TITLE III passed byrepparttar 132838 105th U.S. Congress this message cannot be considered Spam as long as we includerepparttar 132839 way to be removed, Paragraph (a)(c) of S.1618. Further transmissions to you byrepparttar 132840 sender of this email may be stopped at no cost to you by sending a request to be removed to __"

Well it is, in plain language, a bunch of BULL!

U.S. Senate Bill 1618, an Anti-slamming Amendments Act, contained a Section 301, relating to transmissions of unsolicited commercial electronic mail. S.1618 was approved byrepparttar 132841 U.S. Senate on May 12, 1998. It was then referred torepparttar 132842 House Committee on Commerce on October 21, 1998. The Bill DIED in committee and was never passed into law byrepparttar 132843 105th Congress. Nor hasrepparttar 132844 106th Congress passed anything similar at this time. I was able to confirm this information both by checkingrepparttar 132845 U.S. Senate records and specifically by an inquiry with one of my Senators.

So first,repparttar 132846 quoted paragraph above is in error sincerepparttar 132847 bill never became law. Secondly, if it did become lawrepparttar 132848 messages I generally receive citingrepparttar 132849 above, are quite deficient in compliance withrepparttar 132850 alleged law that they reference. Here, in part, arerepparttar 132851 exact requirements ofrepparttar 132852 bill that would have been law in respect to email if in factrepparttar 132853 bill had passed:



(1) IN GENERAL- A person who transmits an unsolicited commercial electronic mail message shall cause to appear in each such electronic mail messagerepparttar 132854 information specified in paragraph (2).

(2) COVERED INFORMATION- The following information shall appear atrepparttar 132855 beginning ofrepparttar 132856 body of an unsolicited commercial electronic mail message under paragraph (1):


Written by Darren Robinson

You think spam is annoying ? Let me tell you a spam story that is beyond annoying and well past anger - and it isn't about receiving a few annoying advertisements in your Inbox. It's about a particular internet species whom I shall call amateur spam cops. Let me explain.

I am writing this article as a warning. From time to time I write business articles for newsletters as a means of promoting my web site. An article of mine was recently picked up from an article-announcement list by a larger-than-usual number of newsletters.

For a while, it was great ! My resource box (similar torepparttar one below), pointed to my web site and, during this one week in particular,repparttar 132836 hit counter was going crazy. I had ten timesrepparttar 132837 normal number of visitors.

And then disaster struck. The hit counter slammed to a halt. Suddenly I was getting numerous emails from potential customers telling me that my site was down. Now, I had been with Virtual Avenue for about 3 years and never had a problem, so I thought maybe it was just a temporary glitch and thatrepparttar 132838 site would be back uprepparttar 132839 next day or something. I visited their support page & asked them politely to investigate.

After visitingrepparttar 132840 site, I began reading my emails again (I get about 120 per day, and I download my email twice a day), and came across a robot message from their abuse department. The message told me that a spamming complaint had been received and that they were shutting me down in 48 hours. Well that was nonsense for a start - they had already shut down all my sites !

The message said that I had spammed someone by sending them a newsletter. I quote -

*** We regret to inform you that your account dwr9760 will be deleted from our servers withinrepparttar 132841 next 48 hours because it violates our Terms of Service, found at http://www.virtualave.net /account/policies os

Reason: Spam complaints [1311819] Subject: whatUseek Weekly - The Stealth Approach To Making Money On The Internet ***

For those of you not intorepparttar 132842 internet marketing scene, "WhatU Seek Weekly" is a pretty useful newsletter for business ideas & marketing tips. I have subscribed to it for about a year. They recently ran an article of mine called "Any Fool Can Choose The Wrong Career".

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