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Spam

Submission + - The Internet Sues the Spammers

An anonymous reader writes: Suing under the name Project Honey Pot, a Utah company has sued spammers in federal court based on six million SPAM messages addressed to email addresses harvested from honey pots. According to the article, they could claim up to $600 million in damages and "the effort of the tens of thousands of people helping find the data for the case makes the lawsuit impressive."
Privacy

RIAA Secretly Tries to Get ISP Subscriber Info 127

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In an attempt to change the rules of the game, the RIAA secretly went to a federal district court in Denver with an ex parte application. The goal was to get the judge to rule that the federal Cable Communications Policy Act does not apply to the RIAA's attempts to get subscriber information (pdf) from cable companies. Just to clarify, ex parte means that the application was secret, no one else — neither the ISP nor the subscribers — were given notice that this was going on. They were, in effect, asking the Court to rule that the RIAA does not need to get a court order to be able to force an ISP to disclose confidential subscriber information. The Magistrate Judge declined to rule on the issue (pdf), but did give them the ex parte discovery order they were looking for."

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