Is Spam Illegal?
Does the law protect you against spam?
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Today’s topic: Spam
But first, your daily dose of legalese: This podcast does not create an attorney-client relationship with any listener. In other words, although I am a lawyer, I’m not your lawyer. In fact, we barely know each other. If you need personalized legal advice, contact an attorney in your community.
Legal Lad Strikes it Rich!
I really appreciate all the interesting emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org ---and I read them all. But there’s one email in particular that I’m so excited about, I just have to share it. Ms. Belinda Tacey, who currently lives in London, needs to transfer $9.6 million to the US, and is looking for a trustworthy partner to help her effect the transaction. I’m honored to say that Belinda has selected me ---that’s right, me, Legal Lad -- to be her partner. All I have to do is send her all my personal details and I will receive a specified percentage of the loot.
So looks like I’ll be able to retire very soon. But I figured I would do at least one more podcast -- and why not talk about anti-spam laws? After all, I’m afraid not everyone out there is as decent and trustworthy as my partner Belinda, so you need to protect yourself.
Is Spam Illegal?
Spam: it’s the bane of our inboxes, whether it’s a mortgage deal, a plea from a Nigerian Senator, or a very subtle pitch for “male enhancement” drugs. The more it comes, the angrier we get until we shake our fists and say: “There ought to be a law.” As it happens, there is a law. Quite a few, actually.
Back in 2003, Congress passed the infamous CAN SPAM Act, which stands for Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing. I say “infamous” because the law has been much criticized for being ineffective.