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Submission + - UK minister proposes new file sharing law (

An anonymous reader writes: (Lord) David Treisman, a minister in the UK government at the relatively new Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills has threatened file sharers with a new law unless ISPs choke traffic:

"If we can't get voluntary arrangements we will legislate,"

Ironically, Triesman has just been appointed as minister for students — I'm sure they'll love him for that.

The ISPs clearly have a better grasp of technology than Treisman — their spokesperson is quoted as sayingL:

"However, ISPs cannot monitor or record the type of information passed over their network. ISPs are no more able to inspect and filter every single packet passing across their network than the Post Office is able to open every envelope."


Submission + - Obama, Ospamma

Moryath writes: My spam traps (email addresses that exist solely to receive spam, for filtration's sake) and my real address have recently seen a ton of mail from the Barack Obama campaign.

Their unsubscribe link does not work; email to the campaign asking them to remove my addresses was responded with a form letter thanking me for "joining" the campaign and asking me to donate money; phone calls have all been hung up on, several times after someone claimed to be "transferring" me to "the person who can fix this."

Why is this allowed? And what response would Slashdotters suggest for a campaign that is obviously unwilling to respect my request NOT to receive their spam?

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