Virginia kills state spam law

By Justin Mann on September 12, 2008, 12:00 PM
In what is a blow to anti-spam movements around the world (regardless of how ineffectual many are), the Virginia Supreme Court has declared that a state anti-spam law is unconstitutional. While not the same as the CAN-SPAM act, which affects every state, the Virginia courts found that the law was unconstitutional because it prohibited more than just commercial emailing, applying also to any unsolicited mass-mailers for any causes.

Why exactly anyone would want to find themselves on an unsolicited bulk mailing list I don't know. In this case, it seems that the law being struck down ended up setting free one of the world's biggest spammers. Nearly five years ago he was arrested and convicted, under the law which has now been rendered invalid. At this point it doesn't matter much, as all current spammers are pursued under the federal law.

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