happynut writes "Last Friday there was an article about the new anti-spam U.S. legislation that might become law.
Within this bill, the only non-government party that can sue for damages is an 'Internet Access Service' (Page 44, line 1 (Sec 7(g)), and Page 8 line 15 (Sec 3(11)) of
the bill). Some reports have treated 'Internet Access Service' as the same as
an ISP. But if you follow down the definition listed in Sec 3(11)
47 USC Sec 231(e)(4)), it defines an Internet Access Service as: '(4) Internet access service --
The term 'Internet access service' means a service that enables users to access content, information, electronic mail, or
other services offered over the Internet, and may also include
access to proprietary content, information, and other services as
part of a package of services offered to consumers. Such term
does not include telecommunications services.'
My question is: isn't this definition so broad as to cover all of us who run
a mail server? It doesn't mention commercial, or for money, or to the public;
it just says 'as part of a package of services offered to consumers.'"
"An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a
cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup." - H.L. Mencken