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February 2010

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Lord Yupa

Props to the Washington Supreme Court.

I want to offer props and my admiration to the Washington Supreme Court. In a decision filed today, they upheld the Washington State law requiring proper, correct, contact information on all unsolicited commercial e-mail (spam). It was challenged by a spammer from Oregon who claimed it was unconstitutional as a state's attempt to limit interstate commerce, a right reserved for the federal government.

Initially, a lower court agreed with him. However, the supreme court disagreed, and argued instead that proper and clear contact information was a requisite for effective interstate commerce, and that instead of limiting it, it facilitated it.

Now we just need to encourage more states to pass similar laws against Spam. I think once we reached a point where spammers could be held more accountable for their actions, we'd see a serious decline in it.

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