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Wednesday, August 13, 2003

A Busy Day: For all of us it seems. Here's an essay on spam that I've been puzzling over today. Jon Rauch in National Journal suggests a spam solution:
Suppose, instead, that we gave me conservatorship of my mailbox, legally enforceable. Then I could sue you for trespassing if you sent e-mails after I told you to stay out. This is not as far-fetched as it may sound: Courts and legal scholars are already developing a nascent concept of cyber-trespass. Suing, however, would be highly inefficient, and best left as the remedy of last resort.

And the remedy of first resort? I charge you. You want to get into my e-mail box without my advance approval? Pay me for the privilege.

I think I like this idea. Read the rest.

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